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School of Applied Sciences

Funeral Service
Associate of Science Degree

Learn mortuary science from one of the nation's oldest mortuary science schools.

Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), Mount Ida College’s Funeral Service Associate of Science degree program offers applied, hands-on training that will help you stand out in the job market and in the mortuary science profession.

Preparation for the real world.

In addition to standard courses often required for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, Mount Ida’s Funeral Service program covers grief and bereavement, community outreach, business management and general education. The program features small class sizes, ensuring that you get plenty of personalized attention from our expert faculty. This includes immersive lab courses that cover Embalming, including OSHA regulations, Microbiology, Restorative Art, as well as the various subjects tested on the Arts and Sciences sections of the National Board Exam. In Mount Ida’s state-of-the art preparation room, students experience first-hand many of the types of challenges experienced as a funeral service practitioner.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Funeral Service Associate of Science degree program in our College Catalog.

Program Requirements - 70 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 46 credits - Program Required Courses
  • 6 credits - Business Required Courses
  • 18 credits - All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • BE 201 - Psychology of Grief
  • FS 105 - Embalming Chemistry
  • FS 209 - Funeral Service Merchandising and Management
  • FS 239 - Restorative Art
  • FS 294 - Regulatory Compliance for Funeral Service

The Funeral Service Degree Program and Funeral Home Management Degree Program at Mount Ida College are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
992 Mantua Pike Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Office Number:
 (816) 233-3747
Fax Number: (859) 579-7354.
Web: www.abfse.org

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015) for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to the Department of Funeral Service Education, Suite 013,  School of Applied Sciences or by e-mail at fse@mountida.edu, or by telephone at (617) 928-4714.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION – MOUNT IDA COLLEGE
YearTotal enrolled# of New Students# of GradsTimely Grad*Graduation rateDid not finish**Overall % EmployedEmployed In FS
201679241813/1872%4100%94%
201581403127/3187%597%93%
201498362118/2186%586%86%
NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – MOUNT IDA COLLEGE
3 year Average% Pass Arts% Pass Sciences
2016-201473%79%
2015 – 201365%72%
2014 – 201266%69%
Most recent# Takers # Passed
2016 Arts1312
2016 Sciences1211

Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.

** Left before completing the program; did not finish.

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Funeral Service Education faculty directory.

Faculty Spotlight

Jeffrey Megna

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Professor Megna has more than 30 years of practical experience in funeral service and believes that care, compassion, dedication and competence are the necessary skills to succeed as a funeral service practitioner.  He currently owns and operates a funeral home in Massachusetts and integrates real-life examples and situations into the lessons presented in class. Professor Megna received the Ronald J. Lettieri Award for Excellence in Teaching from Mount Ida College in May 2014 and received acknowledgement in the Who’s Who Among ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Upon completion of the Funeral Service Associate of Science Degree Program, passing the National Board Examination, completing your required apprenticeship and State licensing requirements, you may be eligible for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer in many states.

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

For anyone wanting to enter the field of funeral service, be sure you are doing so because you simply can’t see yourself doing anything else. To truly BE a funeral director, however, can only come from the heart.
Sarah Stopyra

Assistant Professor

Funeral Service Education in the School of Applied Sciences