Frequently Asked Questions About Mortuary School

Here you will find the answers to most of the commonly asked questions that prospective students have as they are considering going to mortuary school. We try to cover the basics such as how much classes cost, what to expect once you enroll, and how long it takes to earn your mortuary science degree. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

About Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect in a funeral service education program school?

The mortuary science degree program at Worsham College is an accredited program that trains students to work in funeral service. The curriculum covers a broad spectrum of topics from embalming to the psychology of grief. Students gain exposure to ceremonies from several major world religions, lessons on financial management from a local bank, and professional development opportunities. Graduates leave our program fully equipped to begin careers as funeral directors, embalmers, undertakers, or other funeral service related positions.

How Long Does This Degree Program Take?

Our Associate Degree takes 12 months to complete.

When do classes start?

Worsham College enrolls new students twice a year, during the first week of March and September. 

Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 2:10 pm. Each class period is fifty minutes long with a 10 minute break in between classes. These hours may vary during the second six months of the program depending on the laboratory class schedule.

How do I become an embalmer?

Embalming lab work is included in the curriculum of our Mortuary Science degree program. Our curriculum includes over 20 weeks of embalming lessons at the Medical Examiner’s Office. Students will have all the necessary skills to become qualified embalmers after graduation.

How much does a degree from Worsham cost?

Annual tuition at Worsham College of Mortuary Science is $22,800. This includes all classes, lab fees, equipment, the crematory operations certificate fee, funeral director arranger training, examination fee for the National Board of Exam, and more. To discover everything included in the cost of tuition at Worsham College please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

How do I get accepted into Worsham College?

To get into Worsham College of Mortuary Science, students must submit a completed application, an official college transcript with at least a 2.0 GPA*, a completed health certificate, two letters of recommendation, a brief essay describing the reason for selecting funeral service as a profession, and an application fee of $50.


Thirty days prior to registration a tuition deposit of $250.00 is required. Failure to comply with this request will be taken as an indication that the applicant does not intend to enroll and the application will be canceled. If for some reason the student is not accepted or cannot enroll the deposit will be refunded. Registration may be completed only on specified days immediately prior to the beginning of classes. These dates will be announced to each accepted student several weeks prior to registration.


*Students with a GPA lower than 2.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis.

Do I need any college classes prior to enrolling in Worsham?

Most students do need to have taken some college classes prior to enrolling at Worsham College. The amount of college credit required depends on the state in which you intend to practice as a funeral services professional after graduation.


Those students intending to practice in the state of Illinois are required to obtain thirty semester hours of college to include a minimum of twenty hours of liberal arts and/or sciences and a maximum of ten hours of electives. Students attending a college based upon quarter hours instead of semester hours are required to obtain forty-five quarter hours of college, consisting of a minimum of thirty hours of liberal arts and/or sciences, and a maximum of fifteen hours of electives.


Students intending to practice in any other state must adhere to the regulations established by that state. A student may either contact the College or the state board for specified requirements regarding his or her state. Visit our State Licensure page for more information about individual state requirements.


Students from outside the United States must supply the Registrar’s Office with a translated transcript or statement from a recognized educational authority, certifying that the applicant achieved formal education equivalent to seven semester hours of college.

How much does a funeral director make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a funeral service manager in 2017 was $78,040. The median salary for morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors in 2017 was $51,850. Jobs in this industry are expected to grow by 5% from 2016 to 2026.


Our Mortuary Science program can open the door for a lifelong career in funeral service. If you are considering a degree in mortuary science, reach out to us for more information or start your application today.