When people are in mourning and vulnerable, it is essential that someone with integrity, compassion, and moral ethics be there to help provide arrangements for the deceased. Mortuary Science professionals must demonstrate reverence and respect for the dead, and empathy and compassion for the families in need of services. They need to understand and adapt to secular and religious traditions, and also remain mindful of public health. These are skills that may be partly innate, but that are enhanced and developed with the right education and training. That’s where a postsecondary education geared towards funeral service careers comes into play.

Lincoln College of New England (LCNE) offers one of only a handful of accredited Mortuary Science programs in New England. Founded as Briarwood College in 1966, LCNE can prepare students for careers in this much-needed field and also offers the option to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Funeral Service Management.

Mark Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs at LCNE, understands the importance of the funeral service field. “The ideal candidate for LCNE’s program is a compassionate person who understands the vital service that the funeral industry provides,” he says. “We recognize that our students will one day be placed in situations where they will be assisting the grieving at their most vulnerable times, and we are proud at Lincoln College of New England to provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to honor the deceased.”

Funeral Service Careers: Distinguished Professions

An LCNE Mortuary Science education includes lecture, laboratory and experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum addresses various funeral service requirements, like the initial death call, often a challenging subject. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Board Exam administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.

“Our faculty is committed to training future members of these distinguished professions,” Anderson says. “I recently overheard an adjunct faculty member talking with his Mortuary Science students, and he told them ‘I want to teach you because one day you will replace me.’”

If you are interested in learning more about the Mortuary Science Degree program, contact a member of LCNE’s admissions staff or request more information to get your career started today.


The Mortuary Science degree program at Lincoln College of New England is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web:  www.abfse.org. The annual pass rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org). National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015), for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to DiVenere 301, the office of Dr. Paul N. Warren, Mortuary Science Program Director, or by email at PWarren@LincolnCollegeNE.edu, or by telephone at (860) 628-4751 ext. 40923.

The Funeral Service Management B.S. is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747 www.abfse.org. This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required. Students who meet all of the requirements of a two year, ABFSE accredited A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science, such as offered by Lincoln College of New England, may be eligible to sit for the National Board Exam. Students wishing to pursue the accredited A.A.S. degree in concert with the Bachelor Degree in Funeral Service Management must meet with the Program Director for details on sitting for the National Board Exam.