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The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech is taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Students will benefit from their knowledge and experience and learn in a hands-on practicum experience.  Classes focus on educating students in every phase of funeral service including working with bereaved families and maintaining a working knowledge of the federal, state, and local regulatory guidelines.  Students also learn the theoretical and practical aspects in all areas of funeral service including embalming, restorative art, and funeral service merchandising such as caskets and burial vaults. State licensing requirements mandate that in addition to completing the set curriculum, the student must pass the National Board Exam. 

The Mortuary Science program is a selective program. When you apply to the college, you will be accepted into the undeclared program while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The mortuary science program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Contact your campus of interest below for more details.

Our Graduates

Our graduates are currently working as embalmers and funeral directors.  Our graduates work in public and private funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees above. A summary of our offerings is below.

Degree

Associate of Applied Science
(60 credit hours = 5 semesters)


NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Outcomes

Program Locations

The Mortuary Science program is offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.

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The annual passage rate of first-time takers on 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 abfse.org.

The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747.  Web:  www.abfse.org.

The Mortuary Science program at Ivy Tech Community College - Central Indiana is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747.  Web:  www.abfse.org

Indiana state law requires individuals seeking licensure to graduate from an approved/accredited Mortuary Science program and pass the National Board Exam.  For additional information about licensing, contact your state board of licensure.

Accreditation information and program specific information can be found by selecting which program you are interested in from the dropdown above.

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