Program Overview

Amarillo College currently offers an Associates of Applies Science in Mortuary Science. This unique program allows students to learn the basics of the funeral service completely online. This degree seeks to impart its students with the extended knowledge of the funeral service profession. Individuals will learn the importance of funeral services and how they can potentially play a large part in the community that they serve. Special attention is paid to ensuring that students learn how to maintain high levels of ethical conduct in the field. This program will teach students how to maintain and grow the delicate relationship between grieving family members and those providing funeral services. Individuals in the program will be taught the current federal, state and local regulatory guidelines as well as public health procedures when caring for human remains.

This degree is awarded after the completion of 69 total hours of course work. The curriculum consists of 15 hours of general education requirements which includes classes in Communications, Humanities, Mathematics and Behavioral Sciences.  The remaining 54 hours are requirements that will cover the basics of mortuary science. Examples of the required curriculum include History of Mortuary Science, Thanatochemistry, Mortuary Management, Contemporary Funeral Service Practices, Human Anatomy and Sociology of Death and Dying. The curriculum does not cover instruction in embalming, restorative art, microbiology, pathology or anatomy and as such is not accredited by the America Board of Funeral Service Education. Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to sit for the Texas State Board Examination only.

This program is offered online, which is of particular interest to those who wish to begin their education in funeral services but wish to learn at their own pace or have busy professional schedules. Individuals in this program must attend a mandatory 2-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the semester. Students who wish to apply to the Mortuary Science program are required to complete a placement test and submit an Amarillo College Mortuary Science Application to the Mortuary Science program director along with a reference letter and proof of Texas required immunizations. Students will also be required to take the National Board Exam to graduate from the program.  Potential students should be aware that prior conviction of a felony may make individuals ineligible to practice mortuary services in the state of Texas.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Each student is required to take the National Board Exam as a requirement of graduation from the Mortuary Science AAS program.


    There is a 2-day on-campus Mortuary Science Orientation that newly accepted students must attend.

    School Overview

    In 1929, Amarillo College was founded as a junior college, independent of the local school district. By 1937, the college established its permanent campus on the Washington Street Campus in Amarillo, Texas. Through the twentieth century, curriculum expanded, adding vocational and allied health and occupational-technical programs. In addition, the college extended the physical campus to incorporate added locations including the West Campus, East Campus, Polk Street Campus, Moore County Campus, and the Hereford Campus. 

    Amarillo College awards Associate’s degrees and certificates, along with sponsoring career and technical education, continuing education, dual-credit coursework, personal enrichment classes, and distance learning. In addition to professional or technical degree programs, students can pursue an Associate’s degree in General Education, gaining a broader background that is especially useful for transfer into four-year institutions. The Continuing Education division sponsors professional and occupational classes and seminars that further enhances the skill sets of working professionals. Furthermore, personal enrichment programs support learning for both children and adults, and dual-credit allows high school students to earn college credits. Amarillo College’s distance education division provides both degree programs and distance learning classes.


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