What’s It Like Going to a Mortician School?

posted August 18th, 2012 by admin

Morticians, undertakers and funeral directors are the titles given for the same basic job – attending to the bereaved and the dead. This very necessary job also requires a large skill set, including scientific skill, medical skill, ability to work with people, and great attention to detail. The actual educational requirements often vary from state to state, and some may only require an Associate’s degree, while others require a Bachelor’s degree for an embalming license. Those who have an interest in going to mortician’s school will need to take a closer look at what they can possibly expect. 

While there are over forty different accredited morticians’ science programs in the U.S., students would do well to pay close attention to the state in which they wish to live, as they will need to meet the educational and licensing requirements of that state when they begin their practice. Once the school has been chosen, the basic courses may include:

• Anatomy

• Embalming

• Physiology

• Business and Accounting

• Restorative Art

• Grief Counseling

Mortician school can be quite a challenge to many students, which is why so many attend accredited online courses from a reputable institution. Online courses will allow the student to attend classes according to their schedule and still maintain a steady job if needed.

However, even online courses may be challenging, as many mortician school programs also highly encourage the study of psychology, funeral home management, ethics and law, computer technology and even medicine. However, as many mortician schools are quite selective in their application process, this means that the successful applicants will often enjoy a greater amount of one on one time with the instructors. Many institutions offer an Associate’s of Applied Science that takes twelve to fifteen months to complete.

Some basic admissions processes for mortician school may include applying, getting the proper transcripts, providing ACT or SAT scores, applying for appropriate financial aid, ensuring that all of the general education requirements have been met. Many morticians’ schools will require that the student have graduated within the top 25 percent of their class, and require a 21 on the ACT or 990 on the SAT.

After attending mortician’s school, the new graduate may be required to complete the licensing requirements set by the state. This could be confusing, as some states do not require a funeral director to have an embalming license, while others may have more stringent laws.

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service · 415 Barren Springs Drive · Houston, Texas 77090 · www.commonwealth.edu