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Mortuary Science - Mission


The Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College prepares students to care for human remains. Students receive training in every phase of funeral service: learning embalming and restoration techniques, conduction of funeral services and grief facilitation for the bereaved.

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.



Successfully completing the curriculum, exit examinations, and capstone course qualifies students to take the Conference Examination (National Board Exam). This is the licensing exam, which is necessary in order to intern and practice funeral directing and embalming.  

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