Pre-Mortuary Science Degree Online

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Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science is collaborating with Terra State Community College to offer an online regionally accredited Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) in Pre-Mortuary Science degree for students to seamlessly matriculate their TSCC general education credits to the on-site CCMS Bachelor of Mortuary Science (BMS) program.

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What is the Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) in Pre-Mortuary Science degree?

The TSCC Associate of Individualized Study is a 4 semester (61 credit) online pre mortuary science degree program which fully prepares the “pre-mortuary science student” for matriculation to the CCMS Bachelor of Mortuary Science 4 semester (62 credit) degree program (16 months.)

How does the process of matriculation from TSCC to CCMS work?

Students enroll in the TSCC online program (no college credits required to enroll)

  • Successfully complete all program requirements of the 2-year (4 semester) pathway program in the online platform
  • TSCC confers the Associate of Individualized Study degree

Students matriculate into the CCMS BMS on-site program (the AIS meets all transfer credit requirements)

  • Successfully complete all program requirements of the 16-month (4 semester) bachelor program onsite at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary campus located in Finneytown, Ohio.
  • CCMS confers the Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree

Why should I enroll in the Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) in Pre-Mortuary Science program?

Convenience and savings!

  • The Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) in Pre-Mortuary Science program is 100% online for your convenience. It is also a less expensive program than other regionally accredited transfer programs. See Terra State’s tuition page for details.

Seamless matriculation!

  • The AIS is regionally accredited, which means your credits transfer seamlessly to CCMS and any other college in the nation. Admission to CCMS is guaranteed when you earn a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Foster relationships with others who share your interest!

  • TSCC students will transition from their online program into the CCMS program as a cohort. This support network serves students well as they develop into CCMS graduates and future funeral service professionals.

Excellent introduction to the mortuary science curriculum!

  • Courses are selected for the “pre-mortuary science” student.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there special admissions requirements for the TSCC AIS Degree in Pre-Mortuary Science program?

Yes, qualified applicants must provide official transcripts of prior learning or submit placement assessment scores indicating preparedness to take college-level English, reading, and math courses. Remediation plans may be developed for incoming students who have not achieved college level math scores.

When does TSCC enroll students into the AIS degree program?

Enrollment occurs twice annually, in the fall and in the spring. A maximum of 25 students are accepted each semester's cohort. Be sure to apply and register early due to space being limited.

Is this pathway just for Ohio residents?

No, this program is for anyone interested in mortuary science. In fact, out-of-state tuition is very competitive. Click here for more information about tuition and fees.

Since this AIS is an online program, will I ever need to come to the Terra State campus?

No. This is a 100% online program, from the voucher option to take the placement assessment at an approved off-site testing location, to the option of corresponding with your academic and career advisor over the phone or online. However, you are welcome to visit campus at any time.

Is there a positive job outlook for funeral services professionals?

Absolutely. As the baby boomer generation enters into retirement, the need for qualified funeral service professionals continually increases. According to the Occupation Outlook Handbook, overall employment projections will increase over the next decade.  The median wage for funeral service professionals fluctuates based on geographic location and other factors, which you may find by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Will the CCMS Bachelor of Mortuary Science qualify me to become licensed in my state?

Yes. Although licensing requirements are governed by each state individually, the regionally and professionally accredited CCMS academic programs meet or exceed each state licensing board’s educational standards and requirements.

Are my TSCC and CCMS degrees transferable to other colleges?

Yes. Both degrees are regionally accredited and therefore transferable to any other college or university in the nation.

For more information contact:

Drew Felton: Academic Enrollment Officer
Location: Building D, Office 219-A, Terra State Community College)
Phone: 419.559.2169