Top Ten Mortician Schools
There are several factors to consider when choosing what would be the best education for a career in mortician science. The American Board of Funeral Service accredits approximately forty mortician science programs in the United States. In addition, there are approximately six accredited bachelor degree programs at colleges and universities across the country. With varying state licensing requirements, one is probably better off looking for a school located within their targeted practice state in order to receive the best preparation for that state's licensing. Most states require at least a two-year degree, one year of internship and the successful passing of an examination for licensing.
For states that require at least a one year internship, attendance at a mortician school brings the possible advantage of aid in placement in a working practice. Add to this the opportunity for supervised one-on-one instruction and continuing education, the smaller mortician schools become a more attractive alternative.
The course of study should include the following courses: Anatomy, Physiology, Embalming Techniques, Business Management, Restorative Art, Accounting, Computers, Funeral Home Management and Client services. Further studies in law, ethics, psychology and grief counseling are also beneficial for study in mortician services. Armed with this information, the best school for a student should come down to finances, living arrangements and personal preferences.
Licensing and mortician information is obtainable from the state, as well as many mortician organizations in almost any location. Market size and saturation are considerations to any business and should be given attention. Once one has determined the location(s) that they are interested in, it should only be a matter of locating a school or college or university which offers this course study.
Whichever location one is considering, the main focus should be to check the institution of learning for accreditation, course requirements, internship placement and continuing education. The search for the best school becomes one of personal choice, rather than some rating on a list which may not consider some of the more important issues at hand.
The following is a list of the top ten mortician institutions in the United States, based on the number of students completing their degree over the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 and the percentage of students passing the exam. This list is from the American Board of Funeral Service Education and includes only schools accredited by this Board.
1. Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, IL: 224 students, 82% passing
2. Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, PA: 216 students, 83% passing
3. Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Decatur, GA: 163 students, 69% passing
4. Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, OH: 162 students, 68% passing
5. Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, TX: 131 students, 68% passing
6. Cypress College Mortuary Science Department, Cypress, CA: 102 students, 85% passing
7. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, Houston, TX: 130 students, 65% passing
8. Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN: 114 students, 68% passing
9. John A. Gupton College, Nashville, TN: 88 students, 88% passing
10. Des Moines Area Community College, Mortuary Science, Ankeny, IA: 84 students, 83% passing