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Alternative education requirements

If you don't have an Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science, you must complete a course of instruction at a regionally-accredited school, college or university or other accredited association approved by the board. This instruction must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The course must consist of at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  • The required courses must include the following subjects:
    • 1 course in psychology
    • 1 course in mathematics
    • 2 courses in English composition
    • 2 courses in social science (subjects with an * can apply as both a social science and a behavioral science course):
      • American Cultural Studies
      • American Indian Studies
      • Anthropology*
      • Asian American Studies
      • Communications
      • Economics
      • Environmental Studies
      • Forest Resources
      • Geography
      • Government
      • History*
      • Human Services
      • International Studies
      • Linguistics
      • Music
      • Political Science
      • Psychology*
      • Religion
      • Social Studies
      • Social Work
      • Sociology*
      • Speech Communications
      • Urban Design and Planning
      • Women Studies
    • 3 courses selected from any of the following subjects:
      • Public speaking
      • Counseling
      • Business administration and management
      • Computer science
      • First aid
      • Behavioral sciences:
        • Anthropology
        • History
        • Liberal Studies
        • Psychology
        • Sociology
        • Women Studies
  • You must finish the instruction with a 2.0 grade point average or grade C or better.
  • Credits may be earned at more than 1 college to satisfy the total number required.

A diploma or certificate from a mortuary school whose curriculum doesn't equal at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours doesn't meet Washington's education requirements.

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