In Mortuary Science at Mesa Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
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The Mortuary Science (MS) program of Mesa Community College will transition to Chandler-Gilbert Community College effective July 1, 2016. The location, building, etc., of the MS program will remain on the Williams Campus – no changes. This transition will be seamless and without any disruption of services.
Since 1995 the MS program has served the needs of students and the community in Maricopa County and the Southwestern United States. The MS program has had more than 250 graduates from Mesa Community College, many of whom are very active in the funeral industry today. Dr. Thomas Taggart (program director) and Donna Backhaus have made substantial investments in enhancing and expanding the MS program and has transformed it into a nationally recognized program.
If you have any questions on the transition, please contact Donna Backhaus at: 480-988-8503 or firstname.lastname@example.org
has as its central aim recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:
The program is a member of the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science (NACMS). As such, it is permitted to grant membership into Mu Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society of Mortuary Science.
The Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) in Mortuary Science includes studies in public health, business management, natural sciences, legal, ethical and regulatory concerns, and clinical requirements associated with the mortuary field. The curriculum combines coursework in mortuary science with a general education component. The Associates in Applied Science degree from Mesa Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). Completion of the program prepares the student to sit for the National Board examination and begin state internship requirements.
This program also provides Continuing Education for Licensed Funeral Service Professionals, 6 credits, spring and fall semesters. The program offers Continuing Education for Embalmer Assistants, 6 credits per year.
Courses are available which lead to Cremation Certification and additional Continuing Education for Certified Cremationists. These courses are separate from the ABFSE curriculum.
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