Mortuary Science Program Information

Mortuary Science Program Aims

The Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College has as its central aim recognition of the importance of funeral service 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 complaint with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines, as well as;
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains

Mortuary Science Program Objectives

The Mortuary Science Program Objectives are as follows:

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble at the beginning of Chapter 9 of the Manual on Accreditation;
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of funeral service profession to the community at large;
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction;
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
  7. To qualify students for professional licensure examination.

Mortuary Science Major Course Work Academic Schedule

Each semester course offering must be taken together. Students are encouraged to enroll in the entire semester of courses. Students may attend the program on a part-time basis provided that the Health Science Counselor has approved the student’s educational plan.

Course Semester 1(beginning Fall 2015) Units
MORT 100 C Orientation to Funeral Service 3.0
MORT 163 C Embalming Anatomy/Pathology I 4.0
MORT 164 C Funeral Service Thanatology I 2.0
MORT 165 C Funeral Service Management I 3.0
MORT 170 C Funeral Service Ceremonies (Summer) 3.0
Total 15.00
Course Semester 2 Units
MORT 261 C Restorative Art I 2.0
MORT 262 C Embalming I 3.0
MORT 263 C Embalming Anatomy/Pathology II 4.0
MORT 265 C Funeral Service Management II 3.0
MORT 274 C Funeral Service Thanatology II 3.0
MORT 275 C Mortuary Law I 3.0
Total 18.00
Course Semester 3 Units
MORT 271 C Restorative Art II 2.0
MORT 272 C Embalming II 3.0
MORT 285 C Mortuary Law II (Summer) 3.0
MORT 292 C Funeral Service Science 3.0
MORT 294 C Funeral Service Counseling 4.0
MORT 297 C Mortuary Computer Applications* 2.0
Total 17.00
  • General Education Categories A through E (see listing in college catalog) including Cultural Diversity/Reading Proficiency and Completion of the National Board Examination — 25 units
  • Total Units Required for Graduation — 75
  • *Note: MORT 297 C must be taken in the last semester prior to graduation

Suggested General Education Courses

General Education courses are required to be completed before applying to the Mortuary Science Program. There are 5 general categories that need to be completed along with specific Cypress College requirements. Please check with the Cypress College Mortuary Science Counselor as to the exact general education courses you will be completing toward your ASMS degree.

  • Category A – Language and Rationality (6 units)
    • A1 Written Communication – 3 units
    • A2 Analytical Thinking – 3 units
  • Category B – Natural Sciences and Mathematics (6 units)
    • B1 Life Science and Physical Sciences – 3 units
    • B2 Mathematics – 3 units
  • Category C – Art and Humanities (6 units) C1 Art – 3 units
    • C2 Humanities – 3 units
  • Category D – Social Science (6 units)
  • Category E – Physical Education and Health (1 unit)
    • Cultural Diversity Requirement (3 units)
    • Reading Proficiency Requirement

For more information contact (714) 484-7270.