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 Mortuary Science

Karen Scott
Program Director
About Mission Requirements Accreditation Schedule Application                  

Mortuary Science - Health Science Open House at Malcolm X College ​


​To Apply to Program:

Complete program prerequisite courses.                   
Calculate admissions cumulative GPA                   
Submit high school or GED transcript                   
Submit official college transcripts.                    
Apply to program in student portal []                   
Submit Admissions Packet (Submit letters of recommendation)               
Submit personal statement                   

To Learn More About Program and Admissions:



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

Successfully completing the curriculum 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.                    


Program 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.  In support of this mission, the program has adopted the following Learning Outcomes:        

Upon completion of the accredited Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College, students will be able to:          

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 in order to ensure compliance.       

4. Apply principles 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 arrangement 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.     


Admission Requirements                     

You must be 18 years or older and submit proof of a high school graduation or GED completion in the form of an official transcript. Submit official transcript to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services. You must also meet the following required pre-requisite courses:              
Achieve Grade “C” or better in Mathematics 118
Achieve Grade “C” or better in English 101 
Achieve Grade “C” or better in Biology 120 or HEA PRO 102 
Achieve Grade “C” or better in Biology 121 
Achieve Grade “C” or better in Speech 101              
Cumulative 2.5 GPA in order to apply                   

After it is confirmed the applicant is qualified by MXC Admissions, the applicant will receive a Mortuary Science Admissions Packet. The applicant will submit the completed packet in a large envelope and bring to "the Heart" in the Student Service Center. Along with the Applicant Information form, the following items should be included in the large envelope:                         

Three Letters of Recommendation required. Recommendation forms are mailed with the application packet. The form is to be used in lieu of the letter of recommendation and should be given to persons who are well acquainted with your academic, professional and personal qualifications. Persons who can evaluate or comment on your performance in work, school or volunteer work (good sources) would be an educator, counselor, employment supervisor and clergy. At least one recommendation should be from an educator. Recommendations from relatives are not acceptable.                     

Essay and Photograph required. Applicants must submit a one-page essay stating their (1) personal goals and (2) objectives for pursuing a career in Mortuary Science, as well as a (3) descriptive meaning of Mortuary Science. The essay must be typed. The photograph will not be returned, it will be used for identification purposes only and will be filed with the application.                          

Photocopy of State ID; driver license or birth certificate. This copy is to show proof you are at least 18 years old.                     

Other Information                     

Transcripts required: 
Applicants must submit their high school transcript as well as transcripts from all colleges previously attended outside City Colleges of chicago directly to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services.                

Personal Interview: 
Personal interview will be scheduled only for candidates who meet the above requirements and are notified. The interview will be with the Program Director and Advisory Board to assess career goals, review previous coursework and to ascertain program interest.                     

Medical Statement of Health Status: 
Upon acceptance to the program, the student must provide proof of recent medical examination and it must be documented by the physician (please make copies) and proof of current health insurance and immunizations. This is only done if accepted but prior to attendance in fall classes of the third semester.                    



The Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747 Executive Director: Robert Smith                   

Department of Adult Vocational and Technical Education

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations

Illinois Department of Higher Education

Reference to Accreditation Status by a Program
National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to the Mortuary Science Program office, Room 2401-B, or by e-mail at, or by telephone (312) 850-7214.



Program Schedule                     

Students are admitted once a year, in the fall semester (August) for enrollment. Fall applicants are applying for the 18-month day program (8:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m./Monday - Thursday). Fall applicants must meet the 18-credit hour prerequisite course requirements for acceptance.


Submitting Application within Student Portal                     

Under “My Academic Plan”                    
Within “Academic Planning”                    
Click “Selective Application”                 




Faculty & Staff

Name  Phone  Email   Office 
Karen Scott (312) 850-7214 0203 - C
Deonce’ Scott, Sr. (312) 850-7221  0203 - 008
Lolita Travis (312) 850-7157 ltr​ 0203 - 007

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7214
(312) 850-7378
1900 West Jackson
Room 2401-B
Chicago , IL 60612
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