Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Regular tuition and student fees for the Mortuary Science program total approximately $2750 per semester (does not include prerequisite credit hours).

The Mortuary Science program takes 4 semesters, or total Mortuary Core 50 credit hours (does not include prerequisite credit hours).

ACCT 1250 – Accounting for Small Business, 2 cr
This course covers some accounting basics, which would be beneficial for small business owners. Topics include basic fundamentals in the following subjects: the accounting equation, the required financial statements, ratio analysis, payroll basics, and other small business management topics.

MGT 2050 – Business Law, 3 cr
Mgt 2050 combines lecture, discussion, and field research to help students apply and understand legal concepts. Students are expected to complete the following activities: Participate in class discussions, take part in hypothetical business problems analysis, complete chapter quizzes covering major concepts discussed in the text, complete end-of-chapter case problems, and visit a Small Claims Court or Administrative Law Court, OR complete an assigned book report.

MORT 1010 – Introduction to Mortuary Science, 3 Cr.

Introductory course on the history of funeral service including studies of ancient/historical mortuary practices, caskets and burial containers, and early anatomists/undertakers and their role in embalming history. Modern funeral service practices and basic embalming procedures will also be discussed.

MORT 1100 – Dynamics of Grief, Death, and Dying, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1010

Introduction and analysis of the attitudes towards death, dying and the grieving process, including cultural, religious and historical perspectives, the differing processes for loss, the environmental factors, and the legal aspects of death/dying.

MORT 1200 – Microbiological Studies for Mortuary Science, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1010; admission to program

Introduction to the basic principles of microbiology as it relates to working in a mortuary. Emphasis will be on sanitation, disinfection, and public health within the practice of embalming. Personal, professional and community hygiene and sanitation practices are also discussed.

MORT 1300 – Pathology for Funeral Service, 2 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1200

Introduction to pathological disease and their effect on various parts of the body. Conditions which affect the embalming or restorative art process will be emphasized. This course will focus on the functions of the human body systems and their relationship to diseases.

MORT 1400 – Embalming I, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1200; Co-requisite: MORT 1405 and MORT 1600

Introduction to embalming theory, procedures, techniques, and instruments used in the sanitation, preparation, and restoration of the deceased human body. The use of the vascular system will be emphasized.

MORT 1405 – Embalming I Lab, 1 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1200; Co-requisite: MORT 1400 and MORT 1600

Students learn practical applications of Embalming lecture content.

MORT 1500 – Anatomic Principles for Mortuary Science, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1010 and admission to program

Introduction to the basic principles of anatomy as they relate to mortuary science. The course will study the human body with particular emphasis on those systems providing the foundation for embalming, pathology, public health and restorative art.

MORT 1600 – Thanatochemistry, 2 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1200; Co-requisite: MORT 1400 and MORT 1405

Survey of general, organic, and biochemistry in mortuary science. Chemical principles and precautions involved in sanitation, disinfection, and public health as related to the embalming application. Review of government regulations for embalming chemicals.

MORT 2330 – Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1100

Study of the basic principles of psychology and counseling as they relate to Funeral Service. Emphasis will be given on psychological concepts of grief, mourning, bereavement, and the role of the funeral director.

MORT 2400 – Embalming II, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1400and MORT 1405; Co-requisite: MORT 2405

Continuation of Embalming I. Study and case analysis of various embalming methods, and treatment of specific conditions.

MORT 2405 – Embalming II Lab, 1 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1400 and MORT 1405; Co-requisite: MORT 2400

Practical application of the fundamental principles presented in MORT 2400 Embalming II.

MORT 2600 – Restorative Art, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1400 and MORT 1405; Co-requisite: MORT 2605

An introduction to facial restoration techniques, including restoration of facial expressions and proportions by proper use of instruments and special materials. Emphasis is placed on major restoration including problem cases which require illusionary corrections, waxes, cosmetics, hair restoration, color matching, and masking of small and extensive discolorations.

MORT 2605 – Restorative Art Lab, 1 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1400 and MORT 1405; C0-requisite: MORT 2600

Practical application of the fundamentals learned in MORT 2600 lecture.

MORT 2700 – Mortuary Law and Ethics, 3 Cr.

Pre-requisite:  MORT 1100

Business/legal principles affecting mortuary practice are surveyed with specific emphasis on business organizational forms, law of sales, funeral disclosure rules, and the legal duties of a funeral service provider. Funeral service ethics are emphasized.

MORT 2730 – Funeral Home Management & Merchandising, 4 Cr.

Pre-requisite:  MORT 1100

Principles of funeral home management will be introduced including funeral home operations, management functions, current trends and computer applications. Buying/selling, pricing/displaying and features of merchandise will be studied.

MORT 2750 – Funeral Directing, 4 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1100; Co-requisite MORT 2755

Introduction of various cultural, ethnic, and geographic funeral customs. Discussion of death notification, timeframe for pre/at/post need services, transfer of remains, religious, fraternal, and military practices, funeral and memorial services, and cremation procedures.

MORT 2755 – Funeral Directing Lab, 1 Cr.

Pre-requisite: MORT 1100; Co-requisite: MORT 2750

Introduction of procedures to take a first call, remove human remains from the place of death, dress and place human remains in a casket, cremation container, and shipping container, casket placement and removal from a vehicle, and helping a family to make funeral arrangements.

MORT 2770 – National Board Exam Review, 2 Cr.

Pre-requisite:  MORT 2400, 2405, 2600, and 2605

This Course prepares students to take the National Board Exam. The course is designed to allow for extensive testing of the student’s knowledge, both theoretical and technical. A review of subject areas on the National Board Examination will take place. Both sections of the official National Board Exam must be completed to finish the course and for graduation.


Sample Schedule

Semester One CR Semester Two CR
MORT 1100 Grief/Death/Dying 3 MORT 1300 Pathology Funeral Srv 2
MORT 1200 Microbio Studies for Mort Sci       3 MORT 1400 Embalming I 3
MORT 1500 Anatomic Principles for Mort Sci 3 MORT 1405 Embalming I Lab 1
HS 2050 Culture Ethics in Med 3 MORT 1600 Thanatochemistry 2
MGT 2050 Legal Environ of Bus 3
Total 12 Total 11
Semester Three CR Semester Four CR
ACCT 1250 Accounting for Small Business 2 MORT 2700 Mortuary Law and Ethics 3
MORT 2330 Funeral Srv Psy/Counsel 3 MORT 2730 Funeral Home Mgmt 4
MORT 2400 Embalming II 3 MORT 2750 Funeral Directing 4
MORT 2405 Embalming II Lab 1 MORT 2755 Funeral Directing Lab 1
MORT 2600 Restorative Art 3 MORT 2770 NBE Professional Review 2
MORT 2605 Restorative Art Lab 1
Total 13 Total 14

No, the Mortuary Science program requires full time day attendance.

The following Mortuary Science program courses are taught online:  HS 2050 Culture Ethics in Med; ACCT 1250 Accounting for Small Business; MGT 2050 Business Law; and MORT 1010.

Mortuary Science program courses are taught from about 8:00am until about 4:30pm all days of the week except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You may go to the following SLCC Class Schedule link to get specific days and times for Mortuary Science courses.


Go to Admissions for information about the admission process for the Mortuary Science program.

Students are admitted to the Mortuary Science program every Spring Semester.

25 seats are available per cohort.

There is no waitlist for the Mortuary Science program.

The program requires a one-step PPD TB immunization required after the first day of class.

- Hepatitis B Vaccine (student must have two of the three dose series upon application)
- Hepatitis A (highly recommended but not required)

Focus 2 Career has information regarding career outlook and average pay for a Mortician or Funeral Director in Salt Lake County.

Financial Aid & Scholarship

Students can apply for financial aid by going to the Financial Aid webpage.