Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Mortuary Science, A.A.S.

Location(s): Kansas City Kansas Community College



DIVISION: Health Professions


ACCREDITATION:The Mortuary Science Degree program at Kansas City Kansas Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108. Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web:


Provide excellence in funeral service education that prepares graduates to pass the National Board Examination and to deliver quality funeral, cremation, and memorial services with professionalism, integrity, and compassion.

Program Learning Outcome

  1. Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  2. Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  3. Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service to ensure compliance.
  4. Apply principals of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  5. Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  6. Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangements, conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  7. Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  8. Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  9. Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  10. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

Total Hours for General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 16

**Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an advisorto determine correct placement.

***BIOL courses completed more than five (5) years prior to admission must be repeated.

Total Hours for Program Requirements Credit Hours: 45

Total Hours for an Associate in Applied Science in Mortuary Science Degree Credit Hours: 62

***Accounting courses completed more than five (5) years prior to admission must be repeated.

Course Sequence

Mortuary Science Program sequence is subject to change without notice


 MTSC 0102  may be completed in the second or third semester.

+With the exception of MTSC 0102 , all Mortuary Science classes must be completed within 3 consecutive semesters.

++ To reduce semester course load, some classes may be available during the summer session.