|Hi I just graduated from High School in Columbus, OH and have desired to go into this profession for awhile. I know that there is the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science nearby, but I'd really like to go to a HBCU. Could you tell me what if any HBCUs are accredited by the NFDA? Particularly Clark Atlanta University or Tennessee State University. I also read on your site that you recommend obtaining a bachelor's degree as well as going to a 2 year school designed specifically for Mortuary Science. Would I be able to attend an HBCU for for years and then go to CCMS or any other school like this? Are there any Mortuary Schools in the Southern United States? My apologies for asking so many questions and thank you for your time!|
|Please don't ever apologize for asking a question. I can answer some parts of your question, like, yes there are a number of mortuary science colleges in the South, and some very good ones. I personally think it is a good idea to obtain your bachelor's degree. There are some programs that offer a baccalaureate with mortuary science as a minor, notably Pittsburgh Institute. Don't overlook Xavier University which is affiliated with Cincinnatti College of MOrtuary Science.\
The National Funeral Directors Association does not accredit colleges. The U. S. Department of Education defines accrediting standards for all areas of study and has designated the American Board of Funeral Service Education as the accrediting agency for funeral service. This is very important to avoid some flaky program that is not accredited. Did you ever wonder how a college actually defines 3 units or credits. Well, it's by course content. That's why a degree is worth something and takes four years. Otherwise, a diploma mill could just send you a degree for mailing in a check. Accrediting agencies, define the content for the mortuary part and a "regional" accrediting agency validates content for other phases of study and standards for library, etc.
All of this is leading up to the negative part. I don't have a clue what you mean by HBCU. I've tried to figure it out for several days and called friends who might know and can't find out. Credits are usually transferrable, but it would make far more sense to tie into a program that will accept credits from mortuary science into a major field of study to obtain a bachelor's degree, if that is your goal. For example, if you enroll in Xavier University, your course work from the mortuary program will already be validated; there would not have to be a complex review to determine if 3 units of Business Law, offered at most every college and junior college (and mortuary college)in the country would be accepted for transfer to upper division if you attend their affiliated school. I hope this helps and if you wouldn't mind: email me back and tell me what an HBCU is, please. . . .
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