Mortuary Science - Associate in Applied Science

Program Code - CIP Code: MTSC.AAS/12.0303
Credits Required: 67
Academic Division: Health Professions
Contact: mortuaryscience@kckcc.edu
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Mission

Providing career education of a technical or semi-professional nature that offers an associate degree that, upon completion, qualifies students to seek employment in the occupational field for which preparation is offered.

Aims and Purposes

The Program of Mortuary Science at KCKCC states as its central aims the recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • members of a human services profession;
  • members of the community in which they serve;
  • participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice;
  • professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

The Mortuary Sciences purposes are:

  • 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.

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, email mortuaryscience@kckcc.edu or call (913) 288-7607.

 Program Information – Kansas City

  Year Total enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed In FS
2017 26 24 25 25/25 88% 3 88% 88%
2016 34 34 28 28/28 89% 3 86% 86%
2015 34 33 33 30/33 85% 4 97% 97%

 National Board Statistics– Kansas City

3 year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2016 – 2018  82% 77%
2015 – 2017 81% 73%
2014 – 2016 76% 70%
 
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2018 Arts 26 21
2018 Sciences 24 20

Requirements for admission to the program:                                    

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 for all undergraduate coursework.
  • Complete all College and General Education requirements with a grade of “C” or better prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Submit either a letter of recommendation from a licensed Funeral Director or an Investigation Questionnaire.

College Requirement

Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101   Composition I* 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201  
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
3
BUSN 0101 Accounting I*** 3
BUSN 0104 Small Business Management 3
BUSN 0110     Business Math** or higher 3
  Humanities elective 3
PSYC 0101 Psychology* 3
PSYC 0115    The Grieving Process 3
BIOL 0141    Human Anatomy and Laboratory*** 4
Total Hours for General Education Requirements 28
* See course syllabus for prerequisite. ** Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement. ***Anatomy and Accounting courses completed more than four (4) years prior to admission must be repeated.

Mortuary Science Requirements*

Course Credit Hours
MTSC 0101 Orientation to Funeral Service 2
MTSC 0105 Mortuary Law 3
MTSC 0108 Mortuary Chemistry 3
MTSC 0110 Restorative Art for Mortuary Science 4
MTSC 0160 Mortuary Microbiology 3
MTSC 0201 Pathology 3
MTSC 0205 Embalming Theory 4
MTSC 0210 Mortuary Management 3
MTSC 0212 Funeral Service Merchandising 3
MTSC 0225 Funeral Service Counseling 3
MTSC 0239 Mortuary Science Practicum I 4
MTSC 0241 Mortuary Science Practicum II 3
  Total Hours for Mortuary Science Requirements 38
* See course syllabi for Mortuary Science course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Applied Science in Mortuary Science Degree 67

Course Sequence

Course Credit Hours

First Semester

BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1
ENGL 0101 Composition I 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
3
PSYC 0101 Psychology 3
  Humanities elective 3
BUSN 0104 Small Business Management 3

Second Semester

BIOL 0141 Human Anatomy and Laboratory 4
BUSN 0101 Accounting I 3
PSYC 0115 The Grieving Process 3
BUSN 0110 Business Math or higher 3
     

Third Semester

MTSC 0101 Orientation to Funeral Service 2
MTSC 0105 Mortuary Law 3
MTSC 0108 Mortuary Chemistry 3
MTSC 0201 Pathology 3
MTSC 0212 Funeral Service Merchandising 3
MTSC 0240 Mortuary Science Practicum I 3

Fourth Semester

MTSC 0110 Restorative Art for Mortuary Science 4
MTSC 0160 Mortuary Microbiology 3
MTSC 0205 Embalming Theory 4
MTSC 0210 Mortuary Management 3
MTSC 0225 Funeral Service Counseling 3
MTSC 0241 Mortuary Science Practicum II 3

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

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

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