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For the Fall, under the guidance of State and County officials, and placing health and safety first, NCC will provide the majority of courses that can be instructed remotely or online in this format. Courses that have critical components and require face-to-face instruction, including classes with lab components that cannot easily be replicated remotely, will be instructed on-campus in a face-to-face format following appropriate health and safety guidelines and procedures to maintain the safety of the NCC community.

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Mortuary Science

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Phone: 516.572.7277
Location: 357 East Road
Chairperson: Michael Mastellone

This program includes extensive work in the areas of biological science, business and social science, as well as instruction within the major area of funeral service. Candidates for licensure must take the National Board Examination sponsored by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board. After successfully passing the National Test, graduates may intern for a period of one year as a Registered Resident prior to receiving the Funeral Director License.

The Mortuary Science degree program at Nassau Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816.233.3747) Email: exdir@abfse.org Registration with the N.Y.S. Bureau of Funeral Directing is required before matriculation status is granted. Students must supply their own transportation to off-campus assignments.

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available on the ABFSE website.

Standard 2–Program Learning Outcomes

  • 2.1.1 Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with families and communities they serve.
  • 2.1.2 Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  • 2.1.3 Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  • 2.1.4 Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparations of human remains.
  • 2.1.5 Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  • 2.1.6 Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services and ceremonies.
  • 2.1.7 Describe the requirements and procedure for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  • 2.1.8 Describe methods to address the grief-related need of the bereaved.
  • 2.1.9 Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  • 2.1.10 Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

Programs Of Study

Mortuary Science (A.A.S.)


Course Descriptions

Mortuary Science (MSC)

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