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Mortuary Science

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The associate degree in Mortuary Science is required for mortician licensure in the State of Maryland.

The Maryland State Board of Morticians requires 1,000 hours of apprenticeship with 20 funeral assists and 20 embalming assists. The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited mortuary science program with a 2.0 or higher grade point average (verified with a certified copy of the college transcript) before the applicant goes before the Board for approval of an apprenticeship.

Program details


The Mortuary Science associate degree program at Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville campus is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).  

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Dr. Robert C. Smith III
Executive Director
922 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(816) 233-3747

Application process

Additional information

Students who elect this curriculum should recognize that certain specialized courses may not transfer to some four-year-colleges.

Upon graduation, students will take the National Board Examination, which is accepted by the Maryland State Board of Morticians as fulfilling the written requirements for licensure. They must also apply to the Maryland State Board of Morticians to take the Maryland Mortuary Science Law and Practical Examination.

It is the responsibility of out-of-state students to familiarize themselves with their own state's licensing laws as they relate to apprenticeship and educational requirements.

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Diane Donaldson

Mortuary Science