Mortuary Science

Amarillo College educates morticians and funeral directors based on the highest industry standards, with accreditation provided by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. The Mortuary Science Department strives to ensure that students are prepared to comply with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines. AC understands that the best funeral-service professionals are sensitive to bereaved families and committed to public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Mortuary Science

What can you do with a Mortuary Science degree or certificate?


A funeral director oversees funeral arrangements and works with grieving family members immediately following the loss of loved ones. A mortician compassionately prepares bodies of the deceased for burial or cremation. A funeral director often will be involved with preparing the remains, performing a ceremony to honor the deceased, addressing the spiritual needs of the family, and appropriately disposing of the remains. Funeral service workers are employed in funeral homes and crematories. They are often on call. Most work full time.

  Mortuary Science

Enter the Workforce with a Certificate or a Two Year Degree 

First Semester Prior to Admission  
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3 hrs
PSYC 2301 – General Psychology 3 hrs
SOCI 1371 – Sociology of Death and Dying 3 hrs
SPCH 1318- Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs
First Fall semester  
MRTS 1211 – History of Mortuary Science. 2 hrs
MRTS 1301 – Contemporary Funeral Service Practices 3 hrs
MRTS 1310 – Orientation to Funeral Service Clinical. 3 hrs
MRTS 1342 – Mortuary Management 1. 3 hrs
First Spring Semester  
MRTS 2335 – Mortuary Jurisprudence 3 hrs
MRTS 2342 – Mortuary Management 2 3 hrs
MRTS 1260 – Funeral Service Clinical 1 2 hrs
MRTS 1191 – Special Topics in Funeral Service 1 hrs
First Semester Prior to Admission
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3 hrs
PSYC 2301 – General Psychology 3 hrs
MATH 1314- College Algebra 3 hrs
HITT 1305: Medical Terminology 1 3 hrs
SPCH 1318- Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs
Language, Philosophy & Culture or Creative Arts 3 hrs
First Fall semester
HPRS 2301 – Pathophysiology 3 hrs
MRTS 1211 – History of Mortuary Science. 2 hrs
MRTS 1301 – Contemporary Funeral Service Practices 3 hrs
MRTS 1310 – Orientation to Funeral Service Clinical. 3 hrs
MRTS 1342 – Mortuary Management 1. 3 hrs
First Spring Semester
MRTS 2335 – Mortuary Jurisprudence 3 hrs
MRTS 2342 – Mortuary Management 2 3 hrs
MRTS 1260 – Funeral Service Clinical 1 2 hrs
SCIT 1313 – Workplace Microbiology 3 hrs
Summer Semester  
SOCI 1371 – Sociology of Death and Dying 3 hrs
Second Fall Semester
MRTS 2432 - Human Anatomy. 4 hrs
MRTS 2244 - Technical Procedures 1 2 hrs
MRTS 2260 – Funeral Service Clinical 2 2 hrs
Second Spring semester  
MRTS 2246 – Technical Procedures 2 hrs
MRTS 1291 – Special Topics in Funeral Service 2 hrs