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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 graduation must take the National Board Examination sponsored by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board prior to  and as a requirement of graduation. 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 Program, Mortuary Science A.A.S. Degree, at Nassau Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, telephone (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. 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. “The annual passage rate of first time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).”

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

Total Credits: 71

First Semester Credits
CHE 135 Chemistry for Applied Science 4
ENG 101 Composition I 3
MSC 111 Funeral Orientation 3
MSC 112 Public Health and Sanitation 3
PED Activity Course (s) 1
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Semester Credits 17
   
Second Semester Credits
AHS 202 Medical Microbiology 4
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MSC 124 Anatomy for Embalmers I 3
MSC 127 Funeral Home Management 3
PED Activity Course (s) 1
PSY 203 General Psychology I 3
Total Semester Credits 17
   
Third Semester Credits
COM 103 Public Speaking 3
Mathematics Elective 3
MSC 234 Mortuary Law and Ethics 3
MSC 235 Anatomy for Embalmers II 1 3
MSC 236 Embalming Theory I 1 3
MSC 237 Embalming Laboratory I 2, 6, 7 1.5
MSC 238 Pathology 1, 6 3
Total Semester Credits 19.5
   
Fourth Semester Credits
CMP 115 Computers in Business 3
MSC 241 Restorative Art 1 3
MSC 245 Funeral Directing with Practicum 5
MSC 247 Embalming Theory II 2
MSC 248 Embalming Laboratory II 3,6 1.5
MSC 249 Funeral Counseling and Psychology4 3
Total Semester Credits 17.5
1. Prerequisite: MSC 124 Anatomy for Embalmers I
2. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MSC 236 Embalming Theory I
3. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MSC 247 Embalming Theory II
4. Prerequisite: PSY 203 General Psychology I
5. The Department recommends that students take 3-6 credits in summer semesters.
6. Students must provide own transportation to off-campus field experiences.
7. Prerequisite: MSC 112 Public Health and Sanitation
NOTE: 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.