Mortuary And Funeral Schools
Mortuary and Funeral programs typically provide 2 to 4 years of formal education resulting in a degree in mortuary science, which is a requirement for becoming certified as a funeral director. A small number of these programs are available at community and junior colleges, and other programs are offered at colleges and universities. Students in these programs study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, embalming, restorative art, business management, accounting, client services, and computers. In addition to mortuary-specific courses, students often study more general subjects like social sciences, business law, psychology, oral and written communication, and ethics.
Many programs offer a high number of hours of hands-on training in licensed funeral homes, giving students a chance to gain practical experience at the same time they are attending courses. Mortuary programs are often part of larger medical schools, which allows the students to have access to well-equipped facilities and sought-after professors. Funeral directors are required to be licensed in every state. Requirements for licensure include being 21 years of age, having completed 2 years of formal education, having served a 1-year apprenticeship, and passing an exam.