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).
Aims of the Program
Central aim 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;
• Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial, and local regulatory guidelines as well as professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, and welfare in caring for human remains.
Objectives of the program
• 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 proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined by 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 post-secondary level of instruction; and to encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.”
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
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.