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Mortuary Science Associate in Applied Science

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Mortuary Science

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The A.A.S. degree program in Mortuary Science prepares students enrolled in the program with work-based experiences in how to embalm and restore human remains, arrange and conduct religious and humanistic funerals, memorial services, manage funeral home operations, sell funeral merchandise, assist grieving families, and assist members of the medical profession in areas related to human remains. Funeral home establishments may employ students prior to the state of Illinois required internship. The program is in compliance with the standards, guidelines, and curriculum of the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSE), the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR).      
      
Goals of the Program: To provide a relevant, current and comprehensive ABFSE curriculum, provide comprehensive public safety and technical experiences through laboratory education, and to establish mastery levels at which students can successfully complete all program requirements and the International Conference of Funeral Service Exam (ICFSE), provide students with the necessary academic preparation to become licensed by the IDFPR, and to establish and maintain program policies that supports a well rounded, globally professional for empowerment.      
      
The Program recognizes the importance of funeral service education 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; and as professionals, knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial, and local regulatory guidelines; as well as professionals sensitive to the responsibilities for public health, and welfare in caring for human remains.     
      
The program qualifies graduates to register with the IDFPR for intern to state licensure upon successful completion of the program and a registered score on the ICFSE (see Capstone course requirements on last page of Mortuary Science program narrative).      
      
Program Admission Requirements     
Acceptance Policy     
Application Deadline     
      
Note:  This program is exempt from the A.A.S. model since it was approved by ICCB prior to the development of this model effective with 2012-2014 CCC Academic Catalog.  This exemption includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.      

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

62

Program/Plan Number

257

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

16  CH

​These requirements must be completed before applicant applies to the Mortuary Science Day program OR 14-month Evening program.  Each course must be taken by all students to establish eligibility for admission and fullfillment of the A.A.S. degree requirements. 

The following courses are seperated into a Day program OR 14-month Evening program;

Mortuary Science Day Program

Biology 120, 121, Health Science 102, English 101, Mathematics 118 & Speech 101.

Mortuary Science 14-month Evening Program

Health Professions 102, Biology 120, 121, 226, 227, 130, 131, English 101, Speech 101, Mathematics 118, Entrepreneurship 201 & CIS 120.

Biology
BIOLOGY 120
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 130
Human Cadaver Anatomy I 1
Student-directed learning experiences designed to enhance histology and human cadaver competence. Includes osteology, articulations. Skeletal muscles, and neurology. Will satisfy 30 contact hour requirement of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and other medical programs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226.
Offered at: Malcolm X
BIOLOGY 131
Human Cadaver Anatomy II 1
Continuation of Biology 130. Directed learning experiences are designed to enhance histology and human cadaver competence. Primarily stresses the following areas: cardiovascular, thoracic and abdominal cavity systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in (Biology 226 and Biology 227), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Entrepreneurship
ENTRE 201
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
The interdisciplinary course introduces participants from various disciplines to the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship, a manageable process applicable across careers, work settings, and time. The course focuses on building entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors that will lead to creative solutions within the business community and other organizational environments. Course topics include the history of entrepreneurship, the role of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in the 21st century global economy, and opportunity identification. The course will examine elements of creative problem-solving, development of an enterprise concept/model. Examination of feasibility studies, and the social/moral/ethical implications of entrepreneurship. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and Math 118, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Health Professions
HEAPRO 102
Health Career Studies 3
This course introduces students to the integral knowledge and professional skills required to be successful in healthcare careers. It prepares students for the rigor of healthcare career programs. It emphasizes understanding of the professional culture, deep learning of key foundational skills, application of health information technology, and demonstrating cultural competence in interactions with others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving real life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. A maximum of four of the following topics is studied in depth: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers is strongly encouraged. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99 , or COMPASS placement test score range within PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99) and ALGEBRA (43-99) and College ALGEBRA (1-50), or ACT Math score range within (21-23), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

46  CH

​The following courses are seperated into a Day program OR 14-month Evening program;

Mortuary Science Day Program                 46 CH

First Semester (Aug. - Dec.): Mortuary Science 102, 103, 104, 111 & Biology 226**

Second Semester (Jan.- May): Mortuary Science 108. 109, 207, 213 & Biology 227**

Third Semester (Aug. - Dec.): Mortuary Science 203, 204, 215, 216,  Biology 130 & 131** & Entrepreneurship 201***

Fourth Semester (Jan. - May): Mortuary Science 210, 211, 209, 214 & CIS 120***

** General Education courses included in program credit hours

*** ABFSE Business Management (Entrepreneurship) course requiered and included in program credit hours.

Mortuary Science 14-month Evening Program         46 CH

First Semester (May - Aug.): Mortuary Science 109, 111, 104 & 211;

Second Semester (Aug. - Dec.): Mortuary Science 102, 103, 213 & 207;

Third Semester (Jan. - May): Mortuary Science 203, 204, 214 & 216;

Fourth Semester (May - Aug.): Mortuary Science 108, 209, 215 & 210.

Biology
BIOLOGY 130
Human Cadaver Anatomy I 1
Student-directed learning experiences designed to enhance histology and human cadaver competence. Includes osteology, articulations. Skeletal muscles, and neurology. Will satisfy 30 contact hour requirement of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and other medical programs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226.
Offered at: Malcolm X
BIOLOGY 131
Human Cadaver Anatomy II 1
Continuation of Biology 130. Directed learning experiences are designed to enhance histology and human cadaver competence. Primarily stresses the following areas: cardiovascular, thoracic and abdominal cavity systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in (Biology 226 and Biology 227), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Entrepreneurship
ENTRE 201
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
The interdisciplinary course introduces participants from various disciplines to the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship, a manageable process applicable across careers, work settings, and time. The course focuses on building entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors that will lead to creative solutions within the business community and other organizational environments. Course topics include the history of entrepreneurship, the role of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in the 21st century global economy, and opportunity identification. The course will examine elements of creative problem-solving, development of an enterprise concept/model. Examination of feasibility studies, and the social/moral/ethical implications of entrepreneurship. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and Math 118, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mortuary Science
MOR SCI 102
Microbiology For Embalmers 3
The basic principles of microbiology related to the principles of funeral service education, especially as they pertain to embalming sanitation, morgue disinfection, public health, and embalming practice. The development and use of personal, professional and community hygiene and sanitation is discussed. The methods of transmission of infectious diseases, control procedures of these diseases with special emphasis on protection to the embalmer are described to differentiate between indigenous microorganisms and pathogens and/or opportunists causing diseases commonly associated with the human host and dead human remains. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 120, Biology 121 and Health Science 102.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 103
Chemistry For Embalmers 3
The basic principles of chemistry related to the principles of funeral service education. Especially stressed are the principles and precautions involved in the sanitation and disinfection of dead human remains, focusing strictly on chemistry and embalming chemicals, modifying agents, supplemental fluids and autopsy compounds. Potentially harmful chemicals used in the preparation room and their regulations are emphasized along with the essential characteristics of fermentation, and putrefaction in the area of the chemistry of decomposition of dead human remains. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 120, Biology 121 and Health Science 102.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 104
Pathology For Embalmers 3
This course in Pathology is designed to study the pathological conditions of the human body in its postmortem state and how those pathological conditions affect various parts of the body, with particular emphasis on those conditions which relate to or affect the embalming or restorative art process. Pathological conditions discussed will dictate the embalming procedures, methods and chemicals for preservation required by the embalmer. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 120, Biology 121 and Health Science 102.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 108
Accounting In Funeral Service 3
An introduction to basic principles of accounting theory. Applications to funeral home operations are made throughout financial statements and their analysis, worksheets, journalizing, receivables, payables, deferrals and accruals. Inventory cost models for funeral merchandise, is covered along with depreciation models and payroll accounting. Accounting proficiencies will enable the understanding of funeral service records and the funeral directors guidelines of funeral arrangements as prescribed by Federal Trade Commission Regulations rule on funeral industry practices. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into the Mortuary Science program/plan 257.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 109
Sociology For Funeral Service 3
Sociology studies family structures, social structures, and the factors of change within those groups. This course relates those factors of change to the impacts of death and the relationship of the role of the funeral director in providing closure through funeral rites, ceremonies, customs, religion and rituals. Emphasis is placed on the cultural requirements and diversities of each family the funeral director is privileged to serve and an awareness of the changing social factors, which affect American Funeral Rites and the families served. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into the Mortuary Science program/plan 257.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 111
History Of Funeral Service 3
Survey or current expecitions in American Funeral Practice with emphasis on task and personality of the practitioner. Trends and issues in embalming practice from ancient Egyptian burial rites to current American practices and foreign procedures. Blackboard (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into the Mortuary Science program/plan 257.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 203
Funeral Directing 3
This course recognizes the wide variation of funeral customs across the country, attempting to point out some general practices that contain minimal geographic and cultural differences, including general information on notification of death, transfer of remains, conduct of the arrangement conference, pre-funded/preplanned funerals. Included is the cross-section of religious funeral practices, fraternal and military funerals, shipment of remains, cremation and aftercare. Guidelines for the course are designed to introduce the Federal Trade Commission and the Trade Regulation Rule on Funeral Industry Practices. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Mortuary Science 111.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 204
Mortuary And Business Law 3
The student is introduced to the sources of law, the legal status of the dead human body. The funeral directors responsibilities are examined as practicing professionals in relationship to that of the final disposition. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of two semesters in the Mortuary Science program/plan 257.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 207
Restorative Art 3
Study of techniques employed to bring about restoration of a deceased human being to as near a normal appearance as possible. The subject area for restorative art is designed to introduce the techniques and importance of creating an acceptable appearance of the deceased for the benefit of the surviving family members. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Biology 226 recommended.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 209
Funeral Management & Merchandise 3
This course covers the construction and features caskets, outer burial containers, and other funeral related products such as cemetery headstones and markers. Merchandising examines methods of purchasing, pricing, display, and sale of funeral merchandise as well as services. Emphasis are placed on the component parts of funeral merchandise, including materials used, component part styles, finishes, dimensions/functions and pricing methods. General management techniques and theory as they relate to specific funeral home operational procedures and practices are emphasized. Management examines specific areas of funeral service practice and the managerial guidelines for the contemporary concepts of funeral service management as they relate to client families and community, staff personnel, and professional associates and associations/agencies. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Mortuary Science 203.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 210
Advance Mortuary Science Practice/Ethics 2
A survey of topics presented by the Director of the Mortuary Science program/plan, providing an overview of various tasks and subjects a director will encounter in the role of a practitioner. Legal and Moral Ethics are covered. An overview of the curriculum and the practical application of theory as it relates to the ethnical practice of mortuary science. Exit examinations/core competency capstone course. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 211
Psychology Of Funeral Service 3
The underlying value and relevance of this course for preparing the funeral director is that the symbolic and ritualistic aspects of the funeral have a significant impact upon the emotional experience of the bereaved. Emphasis on the grief process and its variations across individuals as influenced by psychological factors aids the funeral director in becoming a facilitating agent for effective mourning through personal interactions as well as the design and implementation of the funeral service. This course will also prepare the funeral director to know when to make a referral for mental health services. Issues relating to children and death and particular theories/theorist are also stressed. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Acceptance into program/plan 257 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 213
Embalming Theory I 3
The involvement of all aspects of embalming theory. From the evaluation of features to the case analysis, embalming reports and instrumentation. A study of phenomenon of death in the human body is detailed. Theory I includes the study of government regulations applicable to the embalming process. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Mortuary Science 102, 103 and 104.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 214
Embalming Laboratory 3
Practical application of embalming techniques and laboratory procedures of the deceased human body. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Mortuary Science 102, 207, 213, 215, 216 and Biology 226, 227, 130, 131.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 215
Restorative Art Laboratory 2
Applied experience in restoring damaged human remains to achieve a normal life appearance of the deceased. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Mortuary Science 207, Biology 226 and 227.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MOR SCI 216
Embalming Theory II 3
Course examines the difficulties encountered by the embalmer due to disease and pathological changes of the deceased, examination of preparation of autopsied cases as well as the procedures for handling and embalming more difficult cases. Theory II includes the study of special treatments and techniques for different conditions encountered in the dead human body. Blackboard Course (BbOC) computer skills recommended but not required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Mortuary Science 213, Biology 226, 227, 130, and 131.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

 CH

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH

 CH
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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