Pre-Mortuary Science

Pre-Mortuary Science

Individuals entering the mortuary profession typically follow two paths: funeral director or embalmer. The funeral director counsels families and next of kin with regard to the conduct and composition of a funeral service of burial, disposition, or cremation for a deceased human body. The funeral director also supervises burials, dispositions, and cremations and maintains a funeral establishment. The embalmer prepares deceased human bodies for such funeral services as previously listed. This includes, but is not limited to, disinfecting and using preservative chemical substances on bodies to clean and purify them. Embalmers also obtain burial or removal permits.

Academic Expectations

Specific admission requirements vary per mortuary science program. Consult with schools of interest to determine their specific admission requirements. UNL courses that you can take toward fulfilling the licensing requirements for the state of Nebraska are available by downloading the program checklist above.

Suggested academic preparation:

  • Students can complete an associate's degree in mortuary science from an accredited institution after completing 60 undergraduate credit hours at any accredited college or university. No bachelor's degree is required. There are no accredited mortuary science programs in the state of Nebraska.
  • In addition to required general education courses and the mortuary science program, most states require funeral directors to complete  an apprenticeship and pass a licensing exam.

We recommend you meet with an Explore Center advisor once a semester to ensure you are progressing with the correct academic coursework.

Top

Pre-Health students

Professional Degrees

Associate's Degree (earned at an accredited mortuary science school)

The state of Nebraska does not have an accredited mortuary science program. Licensure with the state of Nebraska requires completion of 60 hours of pre-mortuary education, completion of a full course of instruction at an accredited mortuary science school, completion of twelve months of service as an apprentice under the instruction and supervision of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, successful completion of the National Board Examination, the Written Jurisprudence and Vital Statistics Examinations. The detailed requirements for licensure for the state of Nebraska are outlined at Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website. Each state has its own requirements, though there are similarities.

Graduation from an accredited funeral service program requires the completion of an associate degree, or its equivalent, and, within the credits earned for the associate degree, the completion of approximately 45 credits specifically in funeral service.

Top

Pre-Health students

Application Information

Students interested in pursuing the associate's degree at an accredited mortuary science school will follow the specific application procedures for each school. A directory of the 45 accredited programs in mortuary science can be found at the American Board of Funeral Service Education website.

Most mortuary science programs do not currently require a standardized entrance exam.

Explore Mortuary Science Programs

Top

Explore this Career

Explore this career by shadowing a funeral director/embalmer and by utilizing any of the following resources.

Nebraska Professional Schools

There are no accredited schools for mortuary science education in the state of Nebraska. A directory of the 45 accredited programs in mortuary science can be found at the American Board of Funeral Service Education website.

Top