Mortuary Science

The Mortuary Science Department at Cypress College prepares individuals 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 Administration
  • Embalming
  • Funeral Directing
  • Restorative Art
  • Funeral Service Sciences
  • Methods of Disposition
  • Funeral Service Ethics and Laws
  • 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.

The Mortuary Science degree program at Cypress College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747, www.abfse.org. The ABFSE is an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Scholarship and general program information can be found on the ABFSE’s website. The National Board Examination is written and governed by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc. (ICFSEB), Fayetteville, AR, 73707 (888) 222-2737, www.theconferenceonline.org; Study guide and preparatory information can be found on the Conference’s website.

National Board Examination (NBE) pass rates, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go the Mortuary Science Department Office, TE 3 Building, Room 215. You may also contact the Mortuary Science Department at mortsci@cypresscollege.edu or (714) 484-7278.

National Board Examination Statistics
Year # of First Time

Test Takers

# of First Time

Test Takers

Who Passed

Passing

Rate

2018

ARTS

46 41 89%
2018

SCIENCES

46 42 91%
2017

ARTS

28 24 86%
2017

SCIENCES

28 27 96%
2016

ARTS

29 27 93%
2016

SCIENCES

29 28 96%
2015

ARTS

40 38 95%
2015

SCIENCES

40 37 93%
2014

ARTS

28 27 96%
2014

SCIENCES

28 27 96%

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.

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 www.noce.edu.

Location

Tech Ed III, Room 215

Contact Information

T: (714) 484-7278
E: MortSci@CypressCollege.edu

Staff

Faculty

Lori Collins
Damon de la Cruz
Jolena Grande

Adjunct

Glenn Bower
Stephen Nichols