The Associate degree in Mortuary Science is required for mortician licensure in the State of Maryland. This curriculum is nationally accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, 3432 Ashland Avenue, Suite U, St. Joseph, MO 64506, www.abfse.org, and is designed to train students for positions as morticians and prepare them to meet the State's licensing requirements. The Maryland State Board of Morticians Requires 1,000 hours of apprenticeship with 20 funeral assists and 20 embalming assists. Two-thirds of the educational requirements (46 credits) must be met with a 2.0 grade point average to be verified with a certified copy of the college transcript, before the individual goes before the Board for an approval of an apprenticeship program. Students who elect this curriculum should recognize that certain specialized courses may not transfer to some four-year-colleges. Upon graduation, students will take the National Board Examination, which is accepted by the Maryland State Board of Morticians as fulfilling the written requirements for licensure. They must also make application with the Maryland State Board of Morticians to take the Maryland Mortuary Science Law and Practical Examination. It is the responsibility of out-of-state students to familiarize themselves with their own state's licensing laws as they relate to apprenticeship and educational requirements.