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Mortuary Science Program

For questions about this program, please contact Scott Rankin, the Mortuary Science program director at 806-356-3631 or by emailing him at  Thank you.


Accreditation Statement:

The Mortuary Science 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:

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 to 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.
  6. Encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
Students seeking entry into the Mortuary Science program must complete a program application packet and complete specific admission requirements.
Beginning in January 2004, each student will be required to take the National Board Exam as a requirement of graduation from the Mortuary Science Department.
The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE  accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site
National Board Exam Statistics for Amarillo College Mortuary Science Degree Program



# Takers

# Passed

% Passed

2010 Arts




2010 Science




2011 Arts




2011 Science




2012 Arts




2012 Science




2013 Arts 2 2


2013 Science 2 1


***Due to one test being taken in early January, we are awaiting a decision from the Committee on Accreditation on whether the 2013 Science score will remain at 50% or increase. _________________________________________________________________________

The Certificate of Completion for Funeral Directing is offered to meet specific state or professional needs.  The Texas Funeral Director Certificate program does not include instruction in embalming, restorative art, microbiology, pathology, chemistry or anatomy; therefore, it is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.  Students graduating from the MRTS.CERT program are NOT eligible to take the National Board Examination or any State board Examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.  Students completing this program are eligible to sit for the Texas State Board  of Funeral Directing Exam only and the Texas State Law Exam. The certificate is recognized by the Texas Funeral Service Commission.   Prior conviction of a felony may render the student ineligible to practice in the State of Texas. 




Mortuary Science Program Application DEADLINE for Fall 2014 is April 10th, 2014.

2-Day MANDATORY On-Campus Orientation for Fall 2014 semester for Newly Accepted Mortuary Science Students will take place the Thursday and Friday, prior to the first day of classes.  Those dates are August 21st and 22nd, 2014.  NOTE: This is for students that have been accepted by BOTH Amarillo College and the Mortuary Science Program.

Mortuary Science Program Application DEADLINE for Spring 2015 is November 1, 2014