Why study Pre-Mortuary Science?

The UC Blue Ash College pre-mortuary science program is an associate of arts degree designed for students who want to transfer to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS). There, students will complete a bachelor of mortuary science degree. All courses from UCBA will transfer to CCMS.

Mortuary science seeks to enroll persons who believe in the dignity of funeral services, who are committed to competent, professional service, and who desire more than minimal technical training. Aside from embalming and other preparatory services, graduates also need experience in arrangements counseling, merchandising and funeral directing.

An education in mortuary science is rigorous. Students are required to have two years of general education -- including liberal arts, business and behavioral science -- before studying mortuary science. Upon graduation from a four-year program, students must take state and national board examinations.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to CCMS for the upper levels of study.

Successful graduates must have people-oriented skills and professional manners during times of high stress, possess good listening, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, have a professional demeanor, and have an understanding of different cultures. They must have good business skills.

Employment opportunities for graduates of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) program exist mainly in funeral homes, but also in hospitals, public health organizations and related industries. Graduates of the CCMS program are equipped not only with classroom experience, but with laboratory work/study and practicum experience as well.

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for pre-mortuary science via the UCBA advising website: https://www.ucblueash.edu/academics/advising/advisor-list.html. Students should also contact the enrollment manager at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Sciences at 513-761-2020.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Inc.  

Contact Information


Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
513-745-5700