Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S)

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About the A.A.S. program

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is a regionally and professionally accredited three semester program consisting of forty-seven credit hours. Students complete the A.A.S. program in twelve-months, attending seated campus-based courses and clinical labs year round.

Applicants for the A.A.S. program will have completed a minimum of thirty qualified* non-resident transfer credits, including five mandatory prescribed general prerequisite courses, in accordance with the college’s admission requirements. 

CCMS credits are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and transferrable to any other university or college in the nation. Program credits are also professionally accredited by the  American Board of Funeral Service Education to satisfy the twelve month mortuary science education requirements for each of the fifty-state regulatory licensing agencies to prepare graduates for success on the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board’s National Board Examination (NBE) Arts and Sciences sections. The A.A.S. mortuary science curriculum is the minimum education standard for dual licensure in all states. 

Prerequisite requirements, course list and descriptions, textbook list, tuition schedule, and Transfer Credit Worksheet may be accessed at Academics page

* Qualified transfer credits must be:

 Be regionally accredited by another college or university, or

  1. Be accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education accredited colleges, or
  2. Be accredited coursework by the American Council on Education (ACE), and 
  3. Reflect a grade of “C” or better in all required transfer courses, and 
  4. Reflect a cumulative 2.5 GPA for overall transfer courses

Compare our Programs


  Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S)
Transfer credits minimum 30 minimum 60
Semesters in program I-III I-IV
Length of program 12 months approx. (year round) 16 months approx. (year round)
Credits earned at CCMS 47 62
Total credits (transfer + CCMS) 77 122

Learn about the Bachelor of Mortuary Science program. 

Enrolling in the A.A.S. program

Visit the A.A.S. prerequisites page to get started. 

Contact:, 513-618-1926