Mortuary Science

The Mortuary Science Department at Cypress College prepares men and women for a career that cares for the dead and comforts the living.

As a Mortuary Science student you will prepare for employment as a funeral director and embalmer through a variety of courses.

Mortuary Science Courses

  • Funeral Service Management
  • Embalming
  • Funeral Directing
  • Anatomy, Pathology and Microbiology
  • Restorative Art
  • Funeral Service Science
  • Funeral Service Ceremonies
  • Funeral Service Counseling
  • Mortuary Law
  • Funeral Service Thanatology

To apply to the Mortuary Science Program, click here. For instructions on how to apply, please download the Mortuary Science Application Preview.

The annual passage rate for the first-time takers of the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE-accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website.  To view Cypress College Mortuary Science Department’s passing rate, visit our Accreditation Statement page.

Baccalaureate Degree

Cypress College has been selected as one of 15 community colleges in California to pilot a baccalaureate degree program. The Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service began in Fall 2017 for those students who have previously completed an ABFSE-accredited program of study.

Students who have completed the Associate in Science -Mortuary Science degree and are interested in completing the baccalaureate degree, can begin working on the lower division general education courses required for bachelor’s degree offered by CSU and UC by completing CSU lower division general education breadth or IGETC certification.

To fill out a Bachelor Degree Interest Form, click here. For more information, visit our Bachelor in Funeral Service website.

Funeral Service Assistant Certificate Program

North Orange Continuing Education offers a Funeral Service Assistant certificate program for students interested in obtaining industry experience while working toward a degree in Mortuary Science and professional licensure as an embalmer or funeral director. For more information about the NOCE FSA Program, please visit


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Contact Information

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