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California Health Occupations Directory

Mortuary Science

Mortuary ScienceA Funeral Service Professional w orks with the bereaved, providing sensitive, effective intervention during a time of emotional need, a professional caregiver who enables families and communities to express their concern for life and the living, a motivated man or woman who practices a unique vocation and who is legally required to possess certain professional qualifications, and is involved in a variety of activities within the community.

Educational Programs/Qualifications

Contact the state licensing board of the state in which you hope to work (or one of the nearby funeral service programs listed in the directory).  Each state has its own educational requirements and you should identify the requirements for the state in which you wish to work. You could also contact a local funeral home for this information. Graduation from an accredited funeral service program requires the completion of an associate degree, or its equivalent, and, within the credits earned for the associate degree, the completion of approximately 45 credits specifically in funeral service. An apprenticeship is usually required by each state and this takes place either before or after Mortuary College , depending upon your state licensing laws. After graduation, you may be required to take a state licensing examination. 

Links to Additional Career Information

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE

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