Pre-Mortuary Science Focus, AS

The Associate of Science degree program in Pre-Mortuary Science is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four‐year bachelor's degree program in Mortuary Science such as the one offered by the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. The curriculum fulfills the general education requirements of most bachelor degree programs but also is specifically designed to prepare students for the challenging mortuary science program. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science, the new funeral service professional will be eligible to take the qualifying exam for Certification in Thanatology (CT) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the Thanatology Association. Combining the thanatology certification with funeral director and embalmer licensure is empowering the funeral service professional to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Where You Could Go

A Funeral Service Professional:
  • Works with the bereaved, providing sensitive, effective intervention during a time of emotional need.
  • Is a professional caregiver who enables families and communities to express their concern for life and the living.
  • Is a motivated man or woman who practices a unique vocation and who is legally required to possess certain professional qualifications.
  • Is involved in a variety of activities within the community.
  • Carries out administrative and logistical tasks required by law, custom and accepted practice.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Funeral Service Professional:

  • Provides support to the bereaved during initial stages of their grief.
  • Arranges and directs funeral ceremonies.
  • Arranges for removal of the deceased from the place of death.
  • Prepares the body according to the wishes of the survivors and requirements of the law.
  • Secures information for legal documents.
  • Files death certificates and other legal papers.
  • Assists survivors with details for filing claims for death benefits.
  • Helps individuals adapt to changes in their lives following a death through post-death counseling and support group activities.

Job Demand

With nearly half of Ohio’s funeral directors over the age of 55, retirements are expected and the outlook for the employment is very good. Further, Ohio entry level and median wages are above the national average underscoring the earning potential new graduates (US Department of Labor, 2014).

How Does the Program Work?

Students enroll at NC State and beginning in their first semester they are introduced to the arts and sciences of funeral service. Working closely with their NC State advisor, the student enrolls in a range of courses specifically planned to support a career in funeral service. They include courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and business. Students will study thanatology (science of death and dying) and prepare for a career as an embalmer through intensive human anatomy and physiology in the NC State gross anatomy lab.

Transfer Options

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science

Upon completing the Associate of Science Degree with a Pre-Mortuary Science Focus students may transfer to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to earn the Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree. Completion of a baccalaureate mortuary science program, like the program at CCMS, is required for Ohio licensure as a funeral director and embalmer. The NC State academic advisor will assist you with each step to make your transfer to CCMS effortless.

Year One

Fall Semester

CHEM 1030 - Chemistry

The course is to give the Allied Health and Nursing student an appreciation and understanding of general inorganic chemistry. Includes atomic and molecular structure, molecular forces, properties and states of matter, naming of chemical compounds, types and behaviors of solutions, types of reactions, acid base chemistry, carefully chosen organic topics with their applications to specific health problems. Laboratory exercises will enhance and reinforce lecture topics. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Required Prerequisite Course: Take CHEM 1010 or high school chemistry AND MATH 0084 with a minimum grade of C-.
Required Concurrent Course: Take CHEM 1030L

CHEM 1210 - Chemistry I

This is the first semester of chemistry for science majors or pre-professional students. A quantitative introduction to dimensional analysis with significant figures, atomic structure, the molecule, principles of ionic bonding, stoichiometry, chemical solutions, thermochemistry, classification of elements including periodicity, electron configuration, gases, liquids, and solids. Student will be exposed to applications of chemistry in society. (TAG# OSC008; If combined with CHEM 1220 TAG# OSC023)

Credit Hours: 5
Lecture Hours: 4
Lab Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: High School Chemistry (minimum of C- required) -AND- MATH 1110 (minimum of C- required) or qualifying placement test score

ENGL 1010 - English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience. (OTM for First Writing Course TME001)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040; (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test scores

HIST 1010 - American History I

This American Studies course is an introductory survey course covering the development of American politics, law, religion, philosophy, art and literature from 1600 to 1877. The goal of the course is to help students understand the cultural development of the United States especially in relation to its religion, art, philosophy, law, and political system. (TAG# OHS043 or if combined with HIST1030 OHS010. This course also meets the requirements for the OTM Arts and Humanities - TMAH)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

MATH 1110 - College Algebra

A study of: 1) polynomial operations, rational expressions, exponents, radicals; 2) linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, absolute value applications and their graphs; 3) graphs of elementary functions and non-functions including inverse functions, combining functions, and translating and transforming functions; 4) study of polynomial functions including the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, zeroes of polynomials, rational functions, partial fractions; 5) exponential and logarithmic functions including graphs and applications; 6) Gauss-Jordan elimination and Cramer's Rule. This course meets the requirements for OTM College Algebra TMM001.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4
Required Prerequisite Course: MATH 0084 (Minimum grade of C- required) or qualifying placement test score

Spring Semester

BIOL 1230 - Biology I

This course is an introduction to biology for bioscience majors and students planning to transfer to four year institutions. The course will introduce fundamental concepts of biology including the scientific method, structure and chemical properties of cells. The course will introduce students to biochemical pathways, bioenergetics, and basic concepts of genetics, heredity and homeostasis. Historical contributions and application of biological principles to biotechnology will be discussed. Students will meet three lecture hours and three lab hours per week. Semesters available: Day - F

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 0040 and MATH 0084 (minimum grade of C- required for all) OR qualifying placement test scores.

COMM 1010 - Speech

This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation. (OTM for Oral Communication TMCOM and TAG# OCM013)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

ENGL 1030 - English Composition II

This is a course in argument and research writing. Students read issue-based works and write summaries, responses, and an argument and research paper. Students learn to organize research projects, find and evaluate sources, incorporate ideas and quotations from sources, document their sources in MLA and APA style, analyze and use argumentative strategies and persuasive appeals, and prepare and revise effective, coherent papers. (OTM for Second Writing Course TME002)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 1010 with a minimum grade of C- or better.

MSCI 1070 - Thanatology

This course focuses key aspects of thanatology: dying, end-of-life decision making, loss, grief, and mourning, assessment and intervention, traumatic death and death education. The subjects are explored through the lenses of culture, socialization, religion, spirituality, and historical and contemporary perspectives. Life span issues and integration of family, larger systems, ethical and legal issues are also explored. Semesters available: Eve - F, Sp

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

SOCY 1010 - Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to the theoretical foundations and methods used to gather, interpret, and evaluate data in sociology. Insight into how society is organized by focusing on the structure and function of social institutions, the impact of culture and socialization on individuals and groups, and systems of stratification among various racial and ethnic, social class, gender and sexuality groups. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS021. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Year Two

Fall Semester

BIOL 2751 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is an in-depth study of the principles of human anatomy and physiology. It includes the study of structure and function of the body as a whole and study of cell biology, histology, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine, and nervous systems plus the special senses. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: High school chemistry with minimum C minus (C-) grade or CHEM 1010 with minimum C minus (C-) grade; AND ENGL 0040, MATH 0084 (Minimum grade of C- for all); OR qualifying placement test score. If the student has completed BIO121 and BIO122 OR BIOL 1730 with a minimum grade of C, then the student is not required to have high school Chemistry or
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 2751L

BUSM 1010 - Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship

In this course the student is exposed to a broad view of the business enterprise. Special emphasis is placed upon the role and importance of entrepreneurship and small-business management. The student will gain insight into the necessity and mutual interdependence of such key business functions as management, human resources, operations and quality, marketing, accounting, and finance. Additionally, the topics of globalization and economics are introduced. Throughout this course, the student will gain extensive experience in problem solving by means of applying basic business math skills to typical business scenarios.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: ENGL 0040, (minimum grade of C-), or qualifying placement test score

COMM 2030 - Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication explores the development, maintenance, and termination of interpersonal (one-on-one) relationships within one's workplace, family, friendships, and love relationships. Emphasis is placed on understanding one's concept of self, perception of others, active listening, handling conflict, learning verbal and nonverbal cues, understanding power and influence, and valuing diversity. Students will analyze, adjust, and improve their communication behaviors by critically applying interpersonal theories in a variety of communication contexts. (This course may NOT be substituted for COMM 1010) TAG# OCM002

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

PSYC 1010 - Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS015. This course meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Science TMSBS

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

SOCY 2010 - Cultural Diversity and Racism

Sociological exploration of American racial and ethnic groups. Emphasis placed on the social construction of race and ethnicity, patterns of intergroup contact. Historical comparative analysis of selected groups with emphasis on economic, political and structural inequalities. Please note outcomes are written to OBR standards using OBR language. Ohio Articulation Number OSS 050 Race and Ethnicity . This course also meets the requirements for OTM in Social and Behavioral Sciences TMSBS.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Spring Semester

ACCT 1010 - Financial Accounting

This is an introductory course of study in financial accounting and financial reporting for business entities. (TAG# OBU010)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 4

BIOL 2752 - Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is a continuation of BIOL 2751. It includes the study of structure and function of blood and the cardiovascular, lymphatic/immunity, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises are designed to supplement lecture topics and include microscopy, the study of models, cat and specimen dissection, cadaver study, and physiological experiments. (OTM approved course in Natural Sciences TMNS)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Required Prerequisite Course: Take BIOL 2751; Minimum Grade C-
Required Concurrent Course: Take BIOL 2752L

BUSM 1110 - Business Law & Ethics

This course is a study in the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate. (TAG # OBU004)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

MUSC 1010 - Music Appreciation

Develop listening skills used for understanding elements of musical style in a historical perspective and the significance of music as fine art.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

PSYC 1090 - Death and Dying

This course will focus on why and how people experience loss, death and grief. We will investigate the ideas of Kubler-Ross and others and expand our exploration to include the Eastern and Judeo-Christian perspectives. In addition, we will consider a variety of sources of grief (death, divorce, alcoholism, birth of a handicapped child, life-threatening illnesses, etc.) and how people react to such events. Semesters available: Day - F Evening - Sp

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 62-64