Mortuary science online degrees

Updated April 17, 2017

Earning a degree in mortuary science entitles the degree holder to go into funeral service as a career. Finding a good mortuary school program is important, and more recently, credible schools have begun offering mortuary science degrees through distance learning. This means you can learn the material from home at your leisure, which is a good option for people with children or a full work schedule that keeps them from getting to a school campus.

Amarillo College

Amarillo College’s Mortuary Science program is dedicated to teaching students the basics of funeral direction. This includes knowing proper procedures when dealing with next of kin. This program is less intensive than others may be; it does not include any classes on embalming, body restoration, or other courses of that nature. Because of this, Amarillo College’s program is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and graduates will not be eligible to take the National Board Exam. However, students can take what they learn and build upon it at a different school. Those who do complete the course are eligible to sit for the Texas State Board of Funeral Directing Exam.

Amarillo College P.O. Box 447 Amarillo, Texas 79178 (806) 371-5000

Arapahoe Community College

The Mortuary Science program at Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. All the core courses of the physical campus’ mortuary courses are available online, so opting to complete the online degree will not leave you with less information than a physical campus would. When completing the online course for mortuary science, be aware that you will need to travel to the actual campus twice--once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. This is so you can complete lab work required to become a licensed mortician. Once you complete the coursework, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science degree and earn eligibility to take the National Board Exam.

Arapahoe Community College 5900 South Santa Fe Drive Littleton, Colorado 80120-1801 (303) 797-4222

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science considers itself at the forefront of new virtual distance learning technology, since you can receive a mortuary science degree from the comfort of your own home. The institute’s online courses are exactly the same as those offered in a physical classroom. The program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students in this program will be required to visit the physical campus for a period in order to complete lab work; the cost of this trip will be out of pocket and is not covered in tuition.

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science 5808 Baum Boulevard Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206 (412) 362-8500

Stratford Career Institute

Stratford Career Institute offers a more affordable way to earn a degree in funeral service paired with the convenience of learning from home. Stratford operates in a slightly different way than other schools as well. Rather than purchasing your books yourself, Stratford’s program ships all your course material straight to your home. This course offers training in professionalism when dealing with the bereaved, how to handle funeral arrangements, and cultural and religious differences in funerals. You can earn your degree at your own pace, with some people completing coursework within six months.

Stratford Career Institute 12 Champlain Commons P.O. Box 1560 St. Albans, VT 05478-5560 (800) 363-0058

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