Course and Degree Requirements

Application Process

Students must complete the application process to Worsham College to be accepted into their program of choice. This can be done entirely online (https://www.worsham.edu/admissions_application/) or a hard copy may be mailed separately.  Please follow the instructions on the application carefully and include all supporting documentation including official transcripts, letters of recommendation and additional required essay for the online program. The application deadline is two weeks before classes for the semester in which you wish to enter the program.

Course Offerings and Program Completion

On-Campus Course Offerings Link
Online Course Offerings Link 

Transferring Between Modalities

Students are not able to freely transfer between modalities.  The in-person program and online program result in two different degrees and do not have the same courses or credit hours.  A student may request to move into a different program, but must understand they will likely have to complete additional coursework. The student can speak to the program director or registrar for more information.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students are required to maintain satisfactory progress throughout the Program in order to be in compliance with institutional policy and to remain eligible for Title IV federal student financial aid. Satisfactory progress is measured in both quantitative terms, attendance and qualitative terms, academics. Students must meet the college’s attendance standard and the academic standard on a cumulative basis, (start date to the end date of each quarter), to be considered making satisfactory progress unless the student is on probation as defined by this policy. 

Grading Scale

Worsham College utilizes the following grading scale:

Grades Points per credit Numerical Grade Range
A 4.0 100-92
A- 3.67 91-90
B+ 3.33 89-88
B 3.0 87-82
B- 2.67 81-80
C+ 2.33 79-78
C 2.0 77-72
C- 1.67 71-70
D+ 1.33 69-68
D 1.0 67-62
D- .67 61-60
F 0 59 & Below

Textbooks

Textbooks that are required for a course are listed in the course syllabus. Students may purchase the textbooks from the TextbookX at https://worshamcollege.textbookx.com/institutional/, from the Worsham College Bookstore (https://bookstore.worsham.edu/) or from any provider so long as the ISBN matches. 

Minimum Physical Requirements for Embalming Program

An individual must be physically able, with or without the use of auxiliary aids and services, to perform the disinfection, surgery, suturing, and restoration required in embalming dead human remains in a competent and timely manner. Applicants requiring modifications in courses or the provision of auxiliary aids or services should consult with Worsham College regarding the provisions for those modifications or auxiliary aids or services.

Worsham College may require evidence, in the form of documentation, from a physician or other professional to demonstrate that an applicant requires the modifications or auxiliary aids, or services requested.

A Note to All Female Students

With the increasing number of female embalmers within the profession, a serious exposure problem has been brought to light with several research studies regarding women who are exposed to formaldehyde and other chemicals and the potentially adverse effects on pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes and their newborns. This research came to the attention of Worsham College in August 2002, and points to the potential danger of formaldehyde exposure and other solvent-type chemical exposure on pregnant women. Therefore, if you become pregnant prior to, or while you are attending the Embalming/Anatomy Laboratory portion of the curriculum, you have the option of continuing in the Program, or making arrangements to take the Embalming/Anatomy Laboratory portion of the program in its entirety at a later date. For your protection and safety, Worsham College suggests that you discuss the potential exposure risk with your health care provider.

Minimum Physical Requirements for the Funeral Directing Program

An individual must be physically able, with or without the use of auxiliary aids and services, to understand and process information received from other persons and to effectively communicate, in a cogent manner, information to third parties.

Applicants requiring modifications in courses or the provisions of auxiliary aids or services should consult with Worsham College regarding the provisions for those modifications or auxiliary aids or services.

Worsham College may require evidence, in the form of documentation, from a physician or other professional to demonstrate that an applicant requires the modifications or auxiliary aids, or services requested. 

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Updated July 2019

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