School of Health Professions -- Mortuary Science


Program Information

Program Aims l Program Objectives | Maryland Law
Readmission Policy | Apprenticeship | Health | Graduation and National Board Exam
Out-of-County/State Students

Program Aims

The Mortuary Science Program at CCBC-Catonsville aims to recognize the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of the human services profession
  • Members of the community in which they serve
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographical area where they practice
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for the public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains

Program Objectives

The Mortuary Science Program at CCBC-Catonsville objectives are as follows:

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession,
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the preable above,
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large,
  • To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction,
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
Maryland Law

As of July 1, 1986, the educational standards for mortician licensure were raised to an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.  The candidate for licensure must also complete 1,000 (one thousand) hours of apprenticeship, either on a full or part-time basis.  The candidate must pass the National Board Examination.  This examination is given twice per year by the Registrar of CCBC Catonsville in Summer and Winter to those who have graduated from the Associate Degree program.  During the apprenticeship period, the registered Maryland apprentice will take a State Board Examination.  The State Board Examination will cover state laws regulating the funeral industry in Maryland and a practical examination section.  The State Board Examination will be given twice per year at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in October and April.  The examination will be administered by the State Board of Morticians at the Anatomy Board of Maryland.  The College is not responsible to find apprenticeships for students.  The student must seek out his or her own sponsor.  Once registered by the State Board of Morticians as an apprentice, the student has five years to complete the above requirements for licensure in Maryland.


CCBC Catonsville does not arrange apprenticeships.  The student must seek out their own apprenticeship.  It is advised that the student have arranged an apprenticeship, or at least a promise of apprenticeship, prior to entering the program.  Students may not attend classes during the hours they are serving their apprenticeship. 

Purpose of Apprenticeship

1.  Students are better prepared for academic work and have an understanding of some of the complexity involved in funeral service in terms of "hands on experience."

2.  Students have a source of part-time employment in the profession with a possibility of full-time employment upon graduation.

3.  The Mortuary Science Program makes no promise of apprenticeship.  It is the responsibility of the student to seek out and find his or her own apprenticeship.

Effective October 1, 1997, the Maryland State Board of Morticians implemented the following changes in the apprentice program.

Prior to an individual coming before the Maryland State Board of Morticians for an approval of an apprenticeship program, the individual must complete:

  • 2/3 of the educational requirements must be met with at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average to be verified with a certified copy of the college transcript before 1,000 hours of apprenticeship begins.  All official transcripts sent to any State Board of Morticians must be sent directly from the Registrar of the College and must arrive at the Board in a sealed envelope.  No student is to hand carry a student copy of their transcript to any State Board.

  • During the time it takes for an individual to complete the remaining 1/3 of their educational requirements, the 1,000 hours of apprenticeship will begin.

  • Apprenticeship hours are 1,000 hours which will include 20 funeral assists and 20 embalming assists.

  • National Board Examination.

  • State Law and Practical Examination.

  • The applicant will be permitted to renew the apprentice license twice.

Should you have any questions concerning the above listed requirements or to request an apprentice application, call the Maryland State Board of Morticians at 410-764-4792.

Graduation and National Board Examinations

The Registrar will require:

All Mortuary Science students must apply for the National Board Examination through Ms. Andrea Benton at 443-840-5030 no later than six weeks prior to the examination (42 days).

Health Facilities

Health facilities are not available on campus. Students should see their own physicians or call 911 in case of an emergency. Off-campus embalming classes are held at the University of Maryland Medical School, which has its own emergency room.

Out-of-County Students
The Maryland State Board of Higher Education has designated the Mortuary Science Program at CCBC Catonsville as a statewide program for tuition purposes.  Students enrolling in Mortuary Science from counties other than Baltimore County should check here for additional information.

Out-of-State Students

CCBC Catonsville welcomes students seeking mortician licensure in states other than Maryland:

The Associate in Applied Science Degree program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.  The A.A.S. degree is required for licensure in the State of Maryland.

The National Board Examination will be given at graduation and scores will be sent directly to the State Board of your choice.

Be aware that Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, and many other states have a general education requirement of sixty semester credit hours prior to entering the Mortuary Science curriculum.

Documentation in the form of official college transcripts must be forwarded to both the State Board and CCBC Catonsville as proof that the general education requirement has been fulfilled.

Out-of-state students have the opportunity to utilize their sixty semester credit hours of general education as transfer credits toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree. 

Out-of-state students should carefully read the guidelines in the current catalog outlining the procedure for residency determination.

Out-of-state students are responsible for being familiar with the requirements and following the guidelines for mortician's licensure for the state in which they intend to become licensed.

Readmission Policy

Students re-entering the Mortuary Science Curriculum will be readmitted according to the following procedures:

1.  Any student who interrupts the sequence of Mortuary Science courses for any reason must complete the required form requesting a hearing before the Mortuary
Science Hearing Board.  Instructions regarding the submission procedure of the form is indicated on its reverse side.  These forms are available from the Mortuary
Science Adviser.

2.   Students must abide by any and all stipulations outlined by the Hearing Board as a condition of readmission to the Mortuary Science Program.

3.   Students will re-enter the program on a first-come, first-served/space-available basis, with no guarantee that they will re-enter in any requested semester .

4.   Students will be allowed to repeat only one course in the sequence of Mortuary Science courses beyond MORS 101 - Funeral Services Principles I, and only two courses
including MORS 101 - Funeral Service Principles I.

5.   Mortuary Science students must complete the Mortuary Science Curriculum within five years of the date of entry into MORS 101.

6.   Repeating courses other than MORS 101:  No course may be taken more than twice without the approval of the Department Chair or the Department Chair's
designated representative.


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