Online Associate Degree FAQs

Here you will find the answers to most of the commonly asked questions that prospective students have as they are researching Online Mortuary School Programs.


When do classes begin?

New Classes Start Each Year in May and September

What technology is needed by the student?

The design of the online program is flexible to the online learner, however some items are still required.

  • PC running Windows 7 or newer or Mac running OS 10.10 or newer
  • Reliable Internet Connection with the recommended speeds of 8 Mbps download / 2 Mbps upload
  • Speakers, Webcam and Microphone (Conferencing and Proctored Exams)
  • Google Chrome Web browser Version 48 or more current (Proctored Exams)
  • Microsoft Office using the provided Office 365 online version or a personal license running version 2010 or more current
  • An up to date installation of Adobe® Reader
  • An up to date installation of the Adobe®Flash plug-in

(Most course material is also accessible on mobile devices running Apple iOS and Google Andriod to allow ease of access no matter where you are!)

Please see the Worsham Online Student Handbook for additional details.

How long does the online program take?

To complete the Online Associate Degree Program will take 4 consecutive semesters (approximately 16 months)

For Example:
The class starting in September 2022 will graduate in January 2024.
The class starting in May 2023 will graduate in September 2024

How much does the online program cost?

The complete online program costs $24,800. ($23,800 tuition, $1,000 for laboratory expenses) This includes all courses including all general education coursework. Our inclusive upfront pricing includes all technology fees ☑Student Email ☑Online Industry Specific Library ☑Student Learning Management Software ☑Video Conferencing ☑Tech Support ☑Exam Proctoring As a student you also gain access to the Worsham Recruiting Network and administration assistance in your job search

Do I need to complete any college coursework prior to enrolling in the online program?

The Worsham online degree program has all necessary prerequisites built into the program. Therefore, it is not required to take specific college courses prior to enrolling in our online program.

While the online Associate Degree program doesn't require any college prerequisites, if a candidate hasn't previously completed 12 non-remedial credits at a regionally accredited college with a minimum GPA of 2.0, there are different admissions requirements. Candidates whom have not completed the prior college credit requirement will need one of the following:

What time commitment is needed to be an online student?

The Worsham Online Program is an accelerated path to your Associate Degree. Therefore, the necessary time commitment is demanding requiring the same or even more hours than our on campus program. For each semester credit, a student should anticipate to spend 3 hours per week to devote to the class for assignments.

Advantages of the Worsham Online Program

  • Time of day for classwork (morning or night content is always available )
  • Which days of the week to work (balance job commitments)
  • No need to commute (save on transportation expenses and hours of Chicago traffic!)
  • No need to relocate (save money on living expenses)
How do I take tests?

Examinations are administered remotely at your home, office or any quiet place where you won't be interrupted. You will need a computer/laptop with an internet connection, webcam and microphone to be able to take exams. Worsham College uses the proctoring software program Proctorio which helps ensure the integrity of the test results.

Do I need to come to campus?

During the final semester, you are required to spend one week at the school to complete the Restorative Art and Embalming Competencies.

Besides the required week at the end of the program, you are welcome to come to campus to take a tour, study, work on coursework, use the library, restorative art lab, computer lab and meet with the instructors. Online students have all of the same privileges and access as our on campus students.

Where do I learn more about the Worsham Entrance Exam?

We have a web page dedicated to information specific to the entrance exam

If you need additional information, please call the school and we will happy to assist.

What is technical skills are required to be an online student?

Online students must possess a basic knowledge of computer and Internet skills in order to be successful. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Knowledge of terminology, such as browserapplication, upload/download, etc.
  • Understanding of basic computer hardware and software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
    • Using keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone and webcam
    • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
    • Software installation, security and virus protection
    • Using software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel),
    • Sending and Receiving emails with attachments
    • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
  • Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases.
  • Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.

Additional information is provided in the student handbook

What are potential challenges of online learning?

Daily life doesn’t have to keep you from earning your Associate Degree in Mortuary. As an online student at Worsham College, you can achieve your goals on your schedule.

To ensure you get the most out of your investment, consider the following challenges of online education.

  • Requires strong time management skills and self-motivation
  • Learning curve for the less technically savvy
  • Internet and technology-dependent—susceptible to network connections, browser compatibility issues, etc.
  • Minimal in-person contact with professors and classmates - requires a self-disciplined student
  • Responses to questions are not always immediate
  • Less social interaction outside of class

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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