Mortuary Science – AAS
Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science
The Mortuary Science degree program at the University of the District of Columbia Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747; web: http://www.abfse.org.
Thank you for your interest in the Mortuary Science Program. The program application cycle for Fall 2020 enrollment begins November 1, 2019 and closes March 1, 2020. Please contact the Program Director for an application. Pre-requisites for admission to the Mortuary Science Program are offered at the Community College (801 North Capitol Street NE). Core courses are offered at the Van Ness Campus (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Building 44).
The program’s mission is to provide students with a comprehensive education in mortuary science and to prepare graduates to enter the funeral service profession to serve the diverse citizenry of the District of Columbia and for society at large. It is designed to encompass the managerial and technical aspects of funeral service and its allied areas. It also provides the basis for further study in thanatology, pathology, grief counseling, post-mortem examination, forensic psychology, and mortuary science. Careers in mortuary science include funeral director, embalmer, autopsy technician, and funeral merchandise marketing.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the UDC-CC Mortuary Science Program, students will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
2. Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
3. Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
4. Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
5. Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
6. Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies
7. Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
8. Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
9. Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment
10. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.
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Mortuary Science Advisory Board
The Mortuary Science Program Advisory Board functions to support the program in remaining abreast of practices and further developments in the industry. Comprised of a wide variety of funeral service professionals,as well as other community members, the board provides support in the form of information regarding the latest trends in the funeral service industry, recommendations regarding the hiring of faculty, and additional resources and services. Many of the practicum (clinical) experiences for students are provided in the funeral homes that are owned and operated by our advisory board members. The practicum sites are inspected to ensure compliance with local regulations and program requirements. (Exhibit 2._Clinical Site Inspection Form).
The Mortuary Science Advisory Board Members are:
- Joanna Ellsberry, Program Director
- Duane Calloway, Assistant Professor
- John Kirksey, Assistant Professor
- Tony Summers, Chief Community College Officer, UDC-CC (ex-officio)
- Marilyn Hamilton, Dean, Office of Academic Affairs (ex-officio)
- Bushra Ahmad Saeed, Division Director, Division of Nursing, Allied Health, Life and Physical Sciences (ex-officio)
- Naciem Yousif, Program Coordinator, Division of Nursing, Allied Health, Life and Physical Sciences (ex-officio)
- Roger Mitchell, District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
- Donnell Harvin, Fatality Response Coordinator, District of Columbia OCME
- Lynn Armstrong Patterson, Former President, D.C. Board of Funeral Directors; Owner, Bianchi Funeral Service
- Zebulon Brooks, Funeral Director
- Shelton Hackett, Owner and Funeral Director, Hackett’s Funeral Home
- Duane Hills, Funeral Director and President, Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC
- Belva Jenkins, Owner and Funeral Director, Johnson & Jenkins Funeral Home & J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home
- Lawrence Johnson, Jr., Funeral Director
- Geary Powell, Business Owner, Arlington Chemical Company
- Phillip Powell, Owner, Arlington Chemical Company
- Michelle Wiseman, Owner and Principal Mortician,Wiseman Funeral Home and Chapel
- Lenard Kent, Alumni
- Archer Harmon, General Manager, Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
- Donna Horton, R.N. Horton’s Funeral Service
- Verneka Roberts, Alumna
UDC Library Holdings
To explore career opportunities and employment trends
Epsilon Nu Delta (Mortuary Fraternity)
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc.
National Funeral Directors Association
District of Columbia Board of Funeral Directors
Maryland Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors
Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Maryland State Funeral Directors Association
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