Associate Degree Program
For the students and faculty at Worsham College, becoming a funeral director is more than a career; it is a calling. Our Associate Degree in Mortuary Science offers an exceptional opportunity to start your career with an abundance of hands-on experience, in-depth coursework, and access to our extended alumni network.
At Worsham, we have been training and educating dedicated funeral directors for over a century. Our associate degree program is accredited in all 50 states and can be completed in just one year. New classes enroll every March and September.
In order to apply, students must already have completed a minimum amount of college credit. Prior college credit requirements vary by the state in which you intend to be licensed. Visit our state licensure page to discover your specific course prerequisite requirements.
The curriculum for our associate degree program provides students with the scientific, technical, and practical experience required to confidently begin careers in the funeral service industry. Classes are taught by our dedicated faculty including some of the top embalmers and funeral directors in the country.
The curriculum encompasses 55 classes and 80 credit hours and is designed to be finished in only one year. Graduates are prepared with the practical skills and industry know-how required to be a successful funeral director immediately after graduation.
You can explore our full curriculum to gain a holistic picture of the funeral service education offered at Worsham.
Unparalleled Hands-On Experience
At Worsham, our program includes more lab time and hands-on experience than any other program in the nation. Your funeral service education will equip you with all the skills you’ll need for your first day on the job after graduation. Interested students even have an opportunity to live in a funeral home for free during their year at Worsham.
Our program will expose you to a wealth of valuable opportunities for education and professional development, including:
● Over 20 weeks of embalming lessons in the lab at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office
● Cremation Operator Certificate Program facilitated by CANA which is included in the price of tuition
● Courses focused on business management and financial analysis
● Extensive instruction of funeral directing and funeral service laws
● Visit a Wilbert Vault manufacturing facility in the Chicagoland Area.
● Guidance on funeral rites and services for different religions (Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim)
● Participation in U.S. Military Funeral Honors services
All of these incredible hands-on educational opportunities are included in the program at no additional cost to students. Our graduates finish their education with the confidence and connections to apply for jobs around the United States.
Transparent Tuition: One Year, One Price
Our tuition is clear. We don’t have any hidden fees or extra costs. Your annual tuition at Worsham includes:
● all lab and technology fees
● additional trainings
● crematory operations and certification fees
● the examination fee for the National Board Exam
● Optional limited free housing in one of our partner funeral homes*
This is just a small sample of everything that is included. Please visit our tuition page to discover the many benefits of an education at Worsham and learn more about our financial aid options.
*Opportunities to live free-of-charge in a funeral home during your education are limited. Contact us after submitting your application if you are interested in this program.
Career Placement and Networking
Earning your degree and passing your licensure exam is important, but so is finding your first job. At Worsham, we have a 93% job placement rate with graduates working within the field of funeral service.
To support our students, we have our career resources and jobs board available to all current students and graduates. Our alumni network of funeral directors and morticians stretches across all 50 states, offering students the opportunity to network and find open positions in any state they choose.
Earn your degree in mortuary science from one of the oldest institutions in the nation!
Our one-year associate degree program is perfect for individuals who are drawn to a career in funeral service. With a wealth of hands-on learning, dedicated and experienced faculty, and a comprehensive curriculum, you could earn your degree in mortuary science in just one year. New cohorts begin every March and September. Start your application today to begin your journey.