The Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College prepares students to care for human remains. Students receive training in every phase of funeral service: embalming, restoration techniques, conduction of funeral services and grief facilitation for the bereaved.
Successfully completing the curriculum and capstone course qualifies students to take the Conference Examination (National Board Exam). This is the licensing exam, which is necessary in order to intern and practice funeral directing and embalming.
The Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College prepares students to care for human remains. Students receive training in every phase of funeral service: learning embalming and restoration techniques, conduction of funeral services and grief facilitation for the bereaved.
You must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Have at least 18 to 34 semester hours of college credit in the following required pre-requisites.
- Achieve Grade “C” or better in Mathematics 118
- Achieve Grade “C” or better in English 101
- Achieve Grade “C” or better in Biology 120 or HEA PRO 102
- Achieve Grade “C” or better in Biology 121
- Achieve Grade “C” or better in Speech 101
You must print the forms and mail it to the program or deliver it in person. The applicant must submit the following with the application forms.
Three Letters of Recommendation required. Recommendation forms are mailed with the application forms. The form is to be used in lieu of the letter of recommendation and should be given to persons who are well acquainted with your academic, professional and personal qualifications. Persons who can evaluate or comment on your performance in work, school or volunteer work (good sources) would be an educator, counselor, employment supervisor and clergy. At least one recommendation should be from an educator. Recommendations from relatives are not acceptable.
Essay and Photograph required. Applicants must submit a one-page essay stating their (1) personal goals and (2) objectives for pursuing a career in Mortuary Science, as well as a (3) descriptive meaning of Mortuary Science. Essay must be typed. The photograph will not be returned, it will be used for identification purposes only and will be filed with the application.
Transcripts required. Applicants must have their high school transcripts (if applicable) as well as transcripts from all colleges previously attended mailed directly to the Admissions Office at Malcolm X College. A copy of all college transcripts must be included with the program application submission.
Personal interview will be scheduled only for candidates who meet the above requirements and are notified. The interview will be with the Program Director and Advisory Board to assess career goals, review previous course work, and to ascertain program interest.
Medical Statement of Health Status
Upon acceptance to the program, the student must provide proof of recent medical examination and it must be documented by the physician (please make copies) and proof of current health insurance and immunizations. This is only done if accepted, but prior to attendance in spring or fall classes.
The Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747, www.abfse.org. Executive Director: Robert Smith
- American Board of Funeral Service Education
- Department of Adult Vocational and Technical Education
- Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations
- Illinois Department of Higher Education
Reference to Accreditation Status by a Program
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 scores and rates, go to the Mortuary Science Program office, Room 2103 -P, or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by telephone (312) 850-7214.
Students are admitted once a year, in the fall semester (August) for day enrollment. Fall applicants are applying for the 18-month day program (8:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m./Monday - Thursday). Fall applicants must meet the 18 credit hour prerequisite course requirements for acceptance.