The mission of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC CC) is to prepare competent practitioners to meet the funeral service-related needs of the diverse citizenry of the District of Columbia and for society at large. Graduates are able to practice in a variety of settings and attend to funeral service needs of all age groups with respect to the disposition of human remains.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate compassionate, fair, and ethical regard for the bereaved and the members of the community being served.
- Understand and execute all aspects of embalming techniques, including anatomy, sanitation, preservation, and restoration of the body for public view and final disposition.
- Recognize and adhere to all OSHA Regulations and Standards governing public health and safety in the funeral industry workplace.
- Articulate and demonstrate knowledge that governs professionalism and sound funeral business management practices, which includes FTC Rules and Regulations.
- Assemble, formulate, and submit appropriate and complete information for death certificates, obituaries, and other necessary forms and documents using appropriate technologies.
- Demonstrate ethical practices in the conduct of every aspect of the funeral service profession.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Board Examination given by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
Graduates are able to practice in a variety of settings and attend to funeral service needs of all age groups with respect to human remains.
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The Community College offers the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science. The program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). The program’s mission is to provide its students with a comprehensive education in mortuary science and prepare graduates to enter the funeral service profession as competent funeral service practitioners. The program offers basic education courses in the Pre-mortuary phase, followed by in-depth academic and clinical education in the professional and clinical stages.
Upon successful completion of the program and prior to graduation, students are eligible and required to take the National Board Examination given by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Employment opportunities exist with funeral homes, hospitals, medical schools, health, and the offices of medical examiners or coroners.
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UDC recognizes the important connection between student success and academic preparedness. Depending on placement test scores and/or equivalent college course work, students may be required to complete co-requisite courses in English and math. Only credits earned for the college-level portion of the co-requisite course pairing count towards degree completion requirements.
Co-Requisite Courses for English
|ENGL-015||English Fundamentals and||3|| || |
|ENGL-101C||English Composition I||3|| || |
Co-Requisite Courses for Math
|MATH-015C||Introduction to Algebra and||3|| || |
|MATH-101C||General College Math I||3|| || |
Sequence of Study
The required courses for the degree program are listed in suggested sequence on the reverse side of this document. Students are expected to complete prerequisite and co-requisite courses as indicated.
- A Prerequisite is a requirement which must be completed prior to enrollment in a particular class. This can be a placement test score or a course. For example, ENGL-111: English Composition I must be taken prior to ENGL-112: English Composition II.
- A Co-requisite is a course that must be taken in the same semester. For example, APCT 104C: Introduction to Applications of Computers Lecture must be taken along with APCT 105C: Introduction to Applications of Computers Lab.
Guide to Subjects
When registering for courses, use the key below to search for courses by subject.
|BIOL||Biology||FSEM||First Year Seminar|| || |
Mortuary Science Advisory Board
The UDC-CC Mortuary Science Program Advisory Board functions to support the program in remaining abreast of practices and further developments in the industry.
Comprised of a wide variety of funeral service professionals,as well as other community members, the Board provides support in the form of information regarding the latest trends in the funeral service industry, recommendations regarding the hiring of faculty, a range of resources, and other support services to the program. Many of the practicum (clinical) experiences for students are provided in the funeral homes that are owned and operated by many of our advisory board members. The practicum sites are inspected to ensure compliance with local regulations and Program requirements. (Exhibit 2._Clinical Site Inspection Form).
The Mortuary Science Advisory Board Members are:
- Mr. Duane L. Calloway,CHAIR Interim Program Director, Mortuary Science
- Mr. John Kirksey, vice CHAIR Professor
- Ms. Michelle Chandler, SECRETARY Student Alumni Member
- Dr. Tony Summers, Acting Provost, UDC-CC (ex-officio)
- Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, Acting Dean, Office of Academic Affairs (ex-officio)
- Division Chair, Allied Health, Life and Physical Sciences (ex-officio)
- Dr. Roger Mitchell, District of Columbia Chief Medical Examiner
- Mr. Donnell Harvin, Assistant to the District of Columbia Medical Examiner
- Ms. Lynn Armstrong Patterson, Funeral Director, President of D.C. Board of Funeral Directors and Owner – Bianchi Funeral Services
- Mr. Zebulon Brooks, Funeral Director
- Mr. Shelton Hackett, Funeral Director, Owner, Hackett’s Funeral Home
- Mr. Duane Hills, President of Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC
- Ms. Belva Jenkins, Funeral Director, Co-owner, Johnson & Jenkins & J.B. Jenkins Funeral Homes
- Mr. Lawrence Johnson, Jr., Funeral Director
- Mr. Geary Powell, Business Owner, Arlington Chemical Company
- Mr. Phillip Powell, Co-owner, Arlington Chemical Company
- Mrs. Michelle Wiseman, Funeral Director, Owner, Wiseman’s Funeral Chapel
- Dr. Joanna Ellsberry, Adjunct Professor
- Mr. Lenard Kent, Adjunct Professor
- Ms. Vernika Roberts, Current Student Member
Advisory Board By-Laws | Meeting Minutes (March 2016)
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