There are currently 60 accredited mortuary science programs in the United States. The best mortuary science schools are those that are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.
In order to become a mortician, a degree in mortuary science must be earned at an accredited school. Most programs are in the form of associate degrees; however, some schools offer bachelor’s degrees in mortuary science.
The following is a list of the top mortician schools based on program size:
- 1 1. Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
- 2 2. Worsham College of Mortuary Science
- 3 3. Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
- 4 4. American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service
- 5 5. Fayetteville Technical Community College – Funeral Service Education Department
- 6 6. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
- 7 7. Mid-America College of Funeral Service
- 8 8. Jefferson State Community College – Funeral Service Education Program
- 9 9. Cypress College – Mortuary Science Department
- 10 10. John Tyler Community College – Funeral Service Program
1. Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, the Mortuary Science program at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science offers an Associate of Applied Science degree that takes 12 months to complete. The school also has a Bachelor’s of Mortuary Science program which takes 16 months to complete.
The college allows students to gain practical experience in their on-site clinical laboratory. The large complex serves local funeral homes and the Anatomical Program at the University of Cincinnati.
2. Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Located in Wheeling, Illinois, the school has two programs in Mortuary Science available to students. A diploma in Mortuary Science or an Associate of Applied Science can be obtained in 12 months. The curriculum for both programs is the same, but the degree earned is determined by the school’s entrance requirements.
The college enrolls new students every March and September. All students who apply need to have completed some college. The tuition for the program is $20,700.
3. Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
The campus provides students and faculty with a large, comfortable facility and ample parking. The facility has state of the art laboratories, a student center, and an embalming room. Tuition for the program is $12,000.
The institution offers students an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service Program. In addition, students have the opportunity to transfer their credits and continue their education and receive a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University online.
4. American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service
The school, which is located in New York City, has a 97% pass rate on the National Board Exam. Students can expect to learn in an intimate environment with instructors who care. The school also has an outstanding academic support system in place.
An associate’s degree program is available at the school. The program takes 12-16 months to complete. The duration depends on the number of credits that students have upon entrance into the program. Students can also complete the program entirely online. Online study takes between 20 and 48 months to complete the degree.
5. Fayetteville Technical Community College – Funeral Service Education Department
Since 1974, the funeral service department has existed at Fayetteville Technical Community College. The school offers a Funeral Directing diploma program and an associate degree in Funeral Service.
The Funeral Service degree is meant for students who would like to work in the industry as a funeral director with the embalming component. This program can be earned almost entirely online. The Funeral Directing diploma is the program for those wanting to work as funeral director s without embalming. This program is available 100% online.
6. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
Located in Houston, Texas, the school has two options for students: an Associate of Applied Science Degree and a Certificate in Funeral Directing. The associate degree is essential for those who would like to embark on a career as a funeral director and embalmer. The program teaches all aspects of embalming and the conduction of funeral services.
The certificate program is designed for students who wish to practice in the state of Texas only as it is not nationally accredited. The course can be taken on campus or entirely online.
7. Mid-America College of Funeral Service
The college is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and has been in its current setting since 1980. The goal of Mid-America is to graduate knowledgeable and sensitive individuals who will become professionals in the funeral service industry.
The school offers an Associate of Applied Science degree which takes 18 months to complete. The degree program consists of liberal arts classes and funeral service courses. A bachelor’s degree is also available at the school.
8. Jefferson State Community College – Funeral Service Education Program
Jefferson State, located in Birmingham, Alabama, offers those who are employed in a full-time capacity at a funeral home, the opportunity to complete a program that will enable them to satisfy state licensing requirements in their individual states.
The Funeral Service Education program consists of educating students in such subjects as funeral home directing, funeral home operations, embalming, communication skills, and social sciences. Students must finish all required classes for the Associate of Applied Science degree within four semesters of beginning the Funeral Service Education program.
9. Cypress College – Mortuary Science Department
Located in Cypress, California, the Mortuary Science degree program educates students in all aspects of funeral service. The school offers a number of diverse courses to prepare students for careers as funeral directors and embalmers. Some of the courses students will take include: Ceremonies, Restorative Art, and Funeral Service Science. The program is a total of three semesters and costs $13, 550 for state residents.
10. John Tyler Community College – Funeral Service Program
The Funeral Services Program at John Tyler Community College is almost 40 years old. Located in Chester, Virginia, it is one of two programs that are offered in the state. Students can choose to take classes either on campus or online.
The degree available at the school is the Bachelor of Applied Science. The program is five semesters long, and students will learn embalming, funeral arrangements, and understand all aspects of funeral services. The cost of the program is $2552.