Thank you for visiting the Amarillo College Mortuary Science program web page. Our program offers two different tracks: a certificate program and an Associates Degree program. The certificate program is 32 semester hours and typically takes 3 semesters to complete. The Associates Degree program is 60 semester hours and typically takes 5 semesters to finish. Our programs are mostly online but do require a specific number of hours of training on site at Amarillo College's West Campus located at 6222 W. 9th Ave, Amarillo, Texas, 79106.
Students in the program participate in practicums, or hands-on training, in various locations throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. The mortuary science program uses an application process to admit students. Students are required to successfully complete their classroom instruction and practicum prior to graduation.
Each new class begins once a year at the beginning of the Fall semester. Students seeking entry into the Mortuary Science program must complete a program application packet and complete specific admission requirements. Applications are accepted beginning Sept 1st of each year, however, students are encouraged to submit their applications early, in order to ensure consideration for admission in the class beginning the following year.
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.
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 Mortuary Science degree Program at Amarillo College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org.
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Program Accredited by ABFSE: Associate of Applied Science - Mortuary Science