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Online Mortuary Science Programs

written by: DeborahWoehr•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/9/2010

Are you interested in pursuing a career in mortuary science? Then check out these online mortuary science programs to see how they can help you.

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    Mortuary Science

    Obtaining a degree from an online mortuary science program will help you gain a career as a funeral director or mortician. This article provides information on tonline mortuary science programs and their curriculums, what their online courses offer, and the tuition fees of each program.

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    Arapahoe Community College

    Arapaphoe Community College in Littleton Colorado’s mortuary science program gives students valuable skills to help prepare them for careers as funeral directors and morticians. These skills include helping families plan the details of their loved one’s funeral, preparing the deceased for burial, and directing funeral services with dignity and respect. Students will also learn federal, state, and local regulatory guidelines.

    In order to apply for the associate of applied science degree program, students must review course descriptions for prerequisites before enrolling. To enroll in the program, students must fill out an application and interview with the mortuary science department chairperson if requested.

    Online classes are available through ACC eLearning. Students can access these classes at anytime through myACC. You can interact with other students who are taking the online program, submit assignments, and take tests. Tuition for the ACC online mortuary science programs cost $2,563.70 for residents and $3,900.95 for non-residents. This fee is based on the fifteen-hour program schedule.

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    American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education

    The associate degree program in funeral service of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education in New York City consists of three or four semesters of instruction. This program consists of public health and technical; social sciences; business management; legal, regulatory, and ethical law; and general education. AAMI offers a transfer credit policy for students who have completed their general education requirements from another college.

    Once a student satisfies all requirements for graduation, they are required to take the national board examination administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Upon successful completion of the exam, students are certified by AAMI as a graduate.

    This online program is designed for part-time students who don’t have convenient access to the on-campus program or who have family and work responsibilities. Both programs require the completion of sixty-nine credits and are taught by the same faculty. All but two courses are available online, Resorative Art and Embalming, which must be taken in New York City. AAMI has compressed these courses into a two-week capstone, which the student must take in the final semester.

    Tuition for the online program is $335 per credit hour. In addition, the student must pay $50 for the application fee, $175 for the graduation fee, $160 for the matriculation fee, and $5 for the transcript fee. The total cost is $23,515.00.

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    Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

    The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania also offers online mortuary science programs. The only difference between on-campus program and the online program is the term lengths. The on-campus program is offered over a fifteen-week trimester while the PIMS online program is offered over an eight-week term.

    With the exception of the Restorative Art Laboratory course, the entire program is offered online. Some of the courses offered are Pathology I, Business Law I, Communication Skills, Funeral Management, Embalming Orient/Embalming I, and Ethics.

    There are two prerequisites/corequisites that must be completed before students can graduate from the PIMS online program. Students must complete three semester credits for computer science, which includes courses in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and database programs. They must also complete three semester credits of accounting.

    Students who take less than the complete schedule of course offerings are charged a tuition rate of $350 per credit. There are also additional charges for lab fees and supplies. Those students who are taking the full schedule are charged $275 per credit, effective January 1, 2011.

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    Wrapping It Up

    The purpose of this article was to provide you with a balanced overview of online mortuary science programs and how they can help prepare you for a career as a funeral director or a mortician. Check out these schools and see how they can help with your career goals.

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    References

    • Arapahoe Community College: http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/mortuary-science
    • American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education: http://www.funeraleducation.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=contentOnline.online
    • Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science: http://www.pims.edu/pims_online.asp