Jul 14, 2020  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mortuary Science (A.A.S.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs / Degrees

Program Advisor: Scott Rankin, 356-3631 (jsrankin@actx.edu) or contact Debby Carey, 354-6007 (dacarey@actx.edu)

Associate in Applied Science
Major Code - MRTS.AAS

The Mortuary Science department at Amarillo College has as its central aim recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as (1) members of a human services profession, (2)members of the community in which they serve, (3) participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession, (4) professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines, as well as (5) professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.

The Amarillo College Mortuary Science Program has the following objectives: 

  1. Enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. Educate students in every phase of funeral service and help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession;
  3. Educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  4. Emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  5. Provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; and
  6. Encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

A student seeking entry into the Mortuary Science program must file a specific program application form and complete additional admission procedures as required. Information is available on the Mortuary Science website.

To continue in the program, a student may repeat a MRTS course only one time and may repeat no more than two MRTS courses while enrolled in the program. The term “repeat” shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, drop or unsatisfactory grade. A grade of C or higher is required for satisfactory completion of all major course requirements, SOCI 1371 or HPRS 2301. Students who receive an F in two or more major course requirements, SOCI 1371 or HPRS 2301 will be removed from the program. A student will have 36 months to complete all major requirements.

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates 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 Mortuary Science Program Director’s Office at Amarillo College West Campus, Building C - Room 101A, 6222 SW 9th Ave, Amarillo, Texas 79106 or by e-mail at jsrankin@actx.edu, or by telephone (806) 356-3631.

The Mortuary Science degree program at Amarillo College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org.

Program Requirements


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs / Degrees