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Every student must take the National Board Examination as a requirement for graduation. The cost of that exam is the responsibility of the student.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Mortuary Science program 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 AAS in Mortuary Science offered at Mesa Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-233-3747, Completion of the courses in program prepares the student to sit for the National Board examination and begin state internship requirements.

Admission Criteria

Students must have completed all first year year course work with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, and must have proof of high school graduation or GED or permission of Program Director.

Program Prerequisites

ACC107Bookkeeping Theory and Practice (4) OR
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3)3-4
BPC/CIS+++++ Any BPC/CIS Business-Personal Computers or Computer Information Systems course
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3

Required Courses Credits: 34

MSP101Orientation to Funeral Service1
MSP201History and Sociology of Funeral Service3
MSP203Microbiology for Funeral Service3
MSP204Chemistry for Funeral Service3
MSP205Mortuary Administration I3
MSP206Mortuary Administration II3
MSP207Restorative Art4
MSP208Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Issues in Funeral Service3
MSP209Pathology for Funeral Service3
MSP210Counseling for Funeral Service2
MSP211Compendium for Funeral Service2

General Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 25
First-Year Composition Credits: 6
Any approved general education course in the First Year Composition area.
Oral Communication Credits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3)3
Critical Reading Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Critical Reading area.
Math Credits: 3
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
Equivalent OR Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course.
Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
REL100is recommended.
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
PSY156Understanding Death and Dying (3)3

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Major: 3765
First Term: 2015 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 69-70
CIPS code: 12.0301
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: - MC
Occupational Area: Human Services
Instructional Council: Occupational Deans Council (53)
GPA: 2.00