Associate in Applied Science in Mortuary Science

Mortuary Science

Degree Information

Academic Plan Code

3765

Credits

69–70

Career Pathway

Associated Programs

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Mortuary Science program includes studies in public health; business management; natural sciences; legal, ethical and regulatory concerns; and clinical requirements associated with the mortuary field. The curriculum combines coursework in mortuary science with a general education component. The AAS in Mortuary Science offered at Mesa Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-233-3747, www.abfse.org. Completion of the courses in program prepares the student to sit for the National Board examination and begin state internship requirements.

Program Prerequisites

BPC/CIS+++++ Any BPC/CIS Business-Personal Computers or Computer Information Systems course, and ACC107 or ACC111, GBS205, and MGT253.

Admission Criteria:  Students must have completed all first year course work with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, and must have proof of high school graduation or GED or permission of Program Director.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Program Prerequisites

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
10-11
Program Prerequisite BPC+++ or
CIS+++
Any BPC (Business/Personal Computer) or CIS (Computer Information System) course or
Any CIS Computer Information Systems
1
Program Prerequisite ACC107 or
ACC111
Bookkeeping Theory And Practice or
Accounting Principles I
3–4
Program Prerequisite GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3
Program Prerequisite MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3

Term 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
12
FYC First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area 3
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM110
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication
3
Mathematics MAT102 Mathematical Concepts/Applications 3
SB PSY101 or
PSY156
Introduction to Psychology or
Understanding Death and Dying
3

Term 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
9
Critical Rdg Critical Reading Any approved General Education course in the Critical Reading area. 3
FYC First-Year Composition Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area. 3
HUM Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area 3

Term 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
4
NS BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4

Term 4

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
17
RC MSP101 Orientation to Funeral Service 1
RC MSP201 History and Sociology of Funeral Service 3
RC MSP202 Embalming 4
RC MSP203 Microbiology For Funeral Service 3
RC MSP204 Chemistry for Funeral Service 3
RC MSP205 Mortuary Administration I 3

Term 5

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
17
RC MSP206 Mortuary Administration II 3
RC MSP207 Restorative Art 4
RC MSP208 Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Issues in Funeral Service 3
RC MSP209 Pathology for Funeral Service 3
RC MSP210 Counseling for Funeral Service 2
RC MSP211 Compendium for Funeral Service 2

Note

Every student must take the National Board Examination as a requirement for graduation.  The cost of that exam is the reponsibility of the student.

If reading exempt, must take 3 credits from any prefixed course numbered 100 level or higher with a grade of "C" or better.

It is recommended that Term 3 course be taken during the summer.

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Disclaimer

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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