Mortuary Science (A.A.S.)
Mortuary Science

NOTE: The entrance requirements for this program as well as course content and expectations are currently being presented to our Educational Policies & Standards Committee and Curriculum Committee for changes. As a result, the Mortuary Science degree program will not be accepting any direct entry into the program until Fall 2017. Any applicants to the program will be held to meeting the new entrance requirements and curriculum expectations. Please check the webpage periodically to review new changes.

The Mortuary Science degree program provides you with a foundational education for a career as modern funeral service practitioners.

The program balances the many aspects of funeral service and educates you to serve a professional role as caretaker of the dead and caregiver for the living in bereavement support.

Successful completion of the program entitles the student to sit for the national board examination or state board examination, which they must pass to receive the A.A.S. degree.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

This program is offered by the Mortuary Science Department.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • The Mortuary Science department offers many of its courses in an online format, making it possible for some students to complete a portion of the program via distance learning.
  • Hudson Valley is one of three colleges within the State University of New York system that offer a Mortuary Science degree program.
  • Successful completion of the Mortuary Science degree program entitles the student to sit for the national board examination and/or a state board. The Mortuary Science degree program at Hudson Valley Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097; (816) 233-3747; The program is approved and registered with the New York State Department of Health.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.


The program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a funeral service practitioner. Note: after passing the National Board Examination with a satisfactory grade, the prospective New York State funeral director must then serve one year as a registered resident before becoming a licensed funeral director.

Recent employers have included: Amherst Memorial Chapel; Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home; Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, Inc.; Betz, Rossi, Bellinger, and Stewart Family Funeral Homes; Burns-Garfield Funeral Home; Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home; Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes; Dingler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home; Dubois Funeral Home; Flynn and Degnault Funeral Home; Forestiere Funeral Home; Hudson Valley Funeral Homes; Hufcut Funeral Home; Keysor Funeral Homes; Langan Funeral Home; Leahy Bocketti Harasymiak lilac; M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home; McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home; Newcomer Cannon Funeral Home; Peck & Peck Funeral Home; Tazzini Funeral Home; Tebbutt Funeral Home; William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015) noted that median salary for the Funeral Director profession is $48,490.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Lori Q. Purcell
Department Chair
Mortuary Science Department
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 011
(518) 629-7334

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309