Online Mortuary Schools

Updated February 21, 2017

Students looking to earn a mortuary science degree online are more limited in their choice programs than their counterparts from other scientific fields. Still, if a career as a funeral director or mortuary technician interests you, several online programs do exist. Distance learning courses offer more flexibility for students who, for one reason or another, cannot pursue their degree in a traditional classroom setting while preparing for the National Board Exam.

American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service

As the only funeral service school in New York, American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service's online program offers an associate degree in funeral service. The online courses mirror those offered in the classroom save for two classes, Restorative Art and Embalming, that are only offered on campus. Classes are taught by the same faculty and all admission requirements are also the same. Students are required to complete 69 credit hours within four years to earn their degree. Students also are required to work on-site for two weeks near the program's end.

American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service 619 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019 866-932-2264

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science offers an accelerated eight-week program toward earning a Diploma in Embalming and Funeral Directing and the Associate in Specialized Technology degree. All classes are offered online with the exception of two labs: Restorative art laboratory is only offered on campus, while the clinical embalming laboratories must be completed at a funeral home. To graduate from the online program, students must also complete an accounting and a computer science course at a regionally accredited college or university.

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science 5808 Baum Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-362-8500

St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College offers an online associate degree in Funeral Services. Students must first complete 30 credit hours of general education and support courses before beginning the funeral services program. Students are admitted into the 72-hour program on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is geared toward people interested in working as a funeral director, embalmer or direct disposer in Florida.

St. Petersburg College PO Box 13489 St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489 727-341-4772

Arapahoe College

Online tuition at Arapahoe College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Certain labs do require on-campus participation, but assignments are mostly submitted by e-mail. Professors also expect regular participation on online discussion boards. To graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science, students must complete an internship in their last semester at a funeral home, detailing their experience in a journal that is then turned in to the professor.

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

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