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Mortuary Science

Karen Scott
Program Director
 

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.

Program Mission

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.                    

Admission Requirements

You must be 18 years or older and submit proof of a high school graduation or GED completion in the form of an official transcript. Submit official transcript to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services. You must also meet the following required pre-requisite courses;

  • 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

For eligible applicants; click the link below for the Mortuary Science application:   

    

After it is confirmed the applicant is qualified by MXC Admissions, the applicant will receive a Mortuary Science Admissions Packet. The applicant will submit the completed packet in a large envelope and bring to "the Heart" in the Student Service Center. Along with the Applicant Information form, the following items should be included in the large envelope:   

 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation required. Recommendation forms are mailed with the application packet. 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. The 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.     
  • Photocopy of State ID; driver license or birth certificate. This copy is to show proof you are at least 18 years old.
Other Information
  • Transcripts required.
    Applicants must submit their high school transcript as well as transcripts from all colleges previously attended directly to the Malcolm X College Office of Registrar Services.
  • Personal Interview
    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 coursework 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 fall classes.
The Mortuary Science Program at Malcolm X College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747 www.abfse.org. Executive Director: Robert Smith              
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education
Approved:
  • 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 kscott56@ccc.edu, or by telephone (312) 850-7214.   

Program Schedule

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.    

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Faculty & Staff

Name  Phone  Email   Office 
Karen Scott (312) 850-7214 kscott56@ccc.edu 0203 - C
Deonce’ Scott, Sr. (312) 850-7221  dscott8@ccc.edu  0203 - 008
Lolita Travis (312) 850-7157 ltr​avis6@ccc.edu 0203 - 007

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Contact Information

Phone: 
(312) 850-7214
Fax: 
(312) 850-7378
1900 West Jackson
Room 0203-C
Chicago, IL 60612
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Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

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