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Mortuary Science - Associate in Applied Science in Funeral Service

The Aims and Purposes of the Mortuary Science Department are the following:

The central aim of each graduate of the KCKCC Mortuary Science Program is to recognize that they are community members who are sensitive to their responsibly for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. As members of the human services profession, each graduate must be knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, local regulations, as they participate in the relationship between themselves and the bereaved families they serve. 

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession, as defined in the preamble above.
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  • To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction. To encourage research in the field of funeral service.

The Mortuary Science degree program at Kansas City Kansas Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 3414 Ashland Ave, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. 

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s rates go to the Mortuary Science office, RM 3630 Flint Building or email wwright@kckcc.edu or call (913) 288-7607.
 

Kansas City Kansas Community College Mortuary Science Performance on the National Board Exam (NBE)


National Board Exam Statistics
Year # of Takers # Who Passed % Who Passed
2012 Arts 33 28 85%
2012 Science 33 26 79%
2013 Arts 27 23 85%
2013 Science 27 23 85%
2014 Arts 30 22 73%
2014 Science 30 23 77%


2014 Program Information
# of
New Students
# of
 Grads
Timely
 Grad*
% Employed Left
 Before Completion*
39 30 91% 77% 3



Criteria for Admission


  • Meet the admission requirements of the college
  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. This includes all undergraduate college courses taken
  • Human Anatomy and Accounting must have been taken within the last 4 years to transfer to KCKCC
  • All General Education requirements (31) hours must be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to acceptance into the program
  • Students entering in Spring 2016 will need to submit either a letter of recommendation from a licensed Funeral Director or submit an Investigation Questionnaire.

Mortuary Science Curriculum
The Mortuary Science classes (MTSC) must be completed within 3 consecutive semesters, or 1 calendar year from admission into the program.

A 2.0 (C) or better is required in all mortuary science core courses.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

Contacts


Anita Krondak – Interim Dean of Allied Health & Nursing

Wiley Wright - Program Coordinator
913-288-7607

Rick Sprick - Full Time Faculty

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. See exemptions

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
Basic Skill Requirements
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0201 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
Mathematics Requirements
BUSN0110 Business Math
3
Total
3
Humanities Requirements (from Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
Humanities Core Elective
3
Total
3
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
PSYC0101 Psychology
3
Total
3
Natural and Physical Science Requirement (lecture w/lab)
BIOL0141 Human Anatomy and Laboratory*
4
Total
4
Total General Education Requirements
23-24
Technical Requirements
BUSN0101 Accounting I
3
BUSN0104 Small Business Management
3
MTSC0101 Orientation to Funeral Service
2
MTSC0105 Mortuary Law
3
MTSC0108 Mortuary Chemistry
3
MTSC0110 Restorative Art for Mortuary Science*
4
MTSC0160 Mortuary Microbiology
3
MTSC0201 Pathology*
3
MTSC0205 Embalming Theory*
4
MTSC0210 Mortuary Management
3
MTSC0212 Funeral Service Merchandising
3
MTSC0225 Funeral Service Counseling*
3
MTSC0240 Mortuary Science Practicum I*
3
MTSC0241 Mortuary Science Practicum II*
3
PSYC0115 The Grieving Process
3
Total
46
Total Hours for an Associate in Applied Science in Mortuary Science Degree
69-70

Course requires a prerequisite. Consult an adviser.

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science
Suggested Curriculum

Freshman First Semester
 
Hours
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
PSYC0101 Psychology
3
Humanities Core Course
(See Catalog)
3
BUSN0104 Small Business Management
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0201 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
15
Freshman Second Semester
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
BIOL0141 Human Anatomy & Laboratory
4
BUSN0101 Accounting I
3
PSYC0115 The Grieving Process
3
BUSN0110 Business Math
3
Total
16
Sophomore Third Semester
MTSC0101 Orientation to Funeral Service
2
MTSC0105 Mortuary Law
3
MTSC0108 Mortuary Chemistry
3
MTSC0201 Pathology
3
MTSC0212 Funeral Service Merchandising
3
MTSC0240 Mortuary Science Practicum I
3
(Funeral Rites Practicum I)
 
Total
17
Sophomore Fourth Semester
MTSC0110 Restorative Art for Mortuary Science #
4
MTSC0160 Mortuary Microbiology #
3
MTSC0210 Mortuary Management
3
MTSC0205 Embalming Theory #
4
MTSC0225 Funeral Service Counseling #
3
MTSC0241 Mortuary Science Practicum II#
3
(Embalming Practicum II)
 
Total
20

*See course description for prerequisite.

Total hours required for AAS degree in Mortuary Science: 69 -70 hours

To reduce semester course load, please know that many classes listed above are available during summer session.

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