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(Pre-) Mortuary

Health care professionals who serve others during a time of loss, pain and grief.

Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral. To meet the requirements as a mortician, funeral directors need specialized training. All states require those who embalm to be licensed. This field may require from one to four years of study with students earning a diploma, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at one of 50 accredited schools which offer programs in mortuary science. One or possibly two years of study may be taken at SDSU.

Certification includes passing required board exams and an apprenticeship in an approved funeral home. Leaders of the funeral service field are rapidly recognizing the need for education of the total person. Because the funeral director's work is diverse, he/she must draw upon knowledge of the social and economic fields as well as the scientific and artistic areas which the technical needs of the profession require.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy lifelong learning
  • Curiousity about life
  • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Strong level of empathy

Internship Opportunities

  • Funeral home intern

Suggested Majors

  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Pyschology (B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Management

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.