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Mortuary Science (A.A.S.)

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Mortuary Science (A.A.S.)– This program includes extensive work in the areas of biological science, business, and social science, as well as instruction within the major area of funeral service. Candidates for licensure must take the National Board Examination sponsored by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board. After successfully passing the national test, graduates must intern for a period of one year as a Registered Resident prior to receiving the Funeral Director License. The Mortuary Science degree program at Nassau Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: (

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program’s rates go to follow links to the Mortuary Science Department Homepage or email at or by telephone 516.572.7277.

Registration with the N.Y.S. Bureau of Funeral Directing is required before matriculation status is granted. Students must supply their own transportation to off-campus assignments.

Course Descriptions: Online or PDF

Mortuary Science
A.A.S. Program
Hegis Code: 5299.20

Total Credits: 64

First Semester Credits
CHE 135 Chemistry for Applied Science 4
ENG 100 Enhanced Composition I or
ENG 101 Composition I or
ENG 108 The Craft of Composition / Honors English I (1)
MSC 111 Funeral Orientation 3
MSC 112 Public Health and Sanitation 3
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Second Semester Credits
AHS 202 Medical Microbiology 4
ENG 102 Composition  II or
ENG 109 The Art of Analysis / Honors English II
MSC 127 Funeral Home Management 3
PSY 203 General Psychology I 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Third Semester Credits
COM 103 Public Speaking 3
Mathematics Elective (2) 3
MSC 234 Mortuary Law and Ethics 3
MSC 235 Anatomy for Embalmers II  3
MSC 236 Embalming Theory I  3
MSC 237 Embalming Laboratory I (3) 1.5
MSC 238 Pathology (3) 3
Total Semester Credits 19.5
Fourth Semester Credits
CMP 115 Computers in Business 3
MSC 241 Restorative Art 3
MSC 245 Funeral Directing with Practicum 3
MSC 247 Embalming Theory II 2
MSC 248 Embalming Laboratory II (3) 1.5
MSC 249 Funeral Counseling and Psychology 3
Total Semester Credits 15.5

1. Depending on placement.

2. Recommended MAT 102 Introduction to Statistics.

3. Students must provide own transportation to off-campus field experiences.

* The Department recommends that students take 3-6 credits in summer semesters.
* A grade of “C” or better is required in:
   - all Mortuary Science (MSC) courses,
   - CHE 135 Chemistry for Applied Science, and
   - AHS 202 Medical Microbiology.