Diploma in Mortuary Science course requirements at KMTC

A course in mortuary science equips the learner with the skills on how to process dead bodies, preservation, embalming, burial or cremation as well as the arrangement of funeral ceremonies.

The course will equip an individual to be a professional mortician with relevant attitudes, knowledge, and skills for processing and handling human remains with dignity, and compassion as per the client’s needs.

The course is mostly offered at certificate level but some institution now offers a diploma in mortuary science.

KMTC is one of the main institutions that is involved in training the course to try and bridge the gap of professional morticians in the country. Other institutions that offer the course are some of the accredited universities.

Diploma in mortuary science course requirement at KMTC

For any diploma course in Kenya, the student should have a minimum KCSE mean grade of C with a C in English or Kiswahili, and C in Biology/Biological Sciences, C- in Chemistry/Physical Science. C- in any one of the following: Mathematics, Physics/Physical Science

Those who have a Certificate in Mortician Services can also be admitted for the diploma course.

Schools and universities offering mortuary science courses in Kenya.

In Kenya, we have few institutions that offer the course but the main ones in the industry include. Some offer certificate level while others diploma.

  1. Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC)
  2. University of Nairobi (Chiromo)
  3. Moi Univesity (Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital College of Health Sciences)
  4. Uzima University
  5. Kenyatta University

Units for a diploma in mortuary science at KMTC

Year 1 Semester 1 units

  1. Mortuary tools and equipment
  2. Microbiology in mortuary science
  3. Pathology I
  4. Human physiology
  5. Human anatomy I
  6. Human psychology
  7. Communication skills
  8. Examination Module

Year 1 semester 2 units

  1. Law and Ethics
  2. Practical attachment II
  3. Grief counselling
  4. Law and ethics
  5. Interment and exhumation
  6. Post-mortem techniques
  7. Embalming techniques I
  8. Pathology II
  9. Human anatomy II

Year 2 Semester 1

  1. First Aid NEW
  2. Anatomy Practical Attachment III
  3. Biostatistics
  4. Post-mortem technique II
  5. Embalming techniques II
  6. Entrepreneurship
  7. Health systems management
  8. First aid
  9. Occupational health and safety

Year 2 semester 2 course units

  1. Practical attachment IV
  2. Mortuary and Funeral Services Management
  3. Restorative art
  4. Thanatology
  5. Medical and mortuary waste management
  6. Informatics
  7. Mass fatality management

Year 3 semester 1

  1. Practical attachment V
  2. Stress management
  3. Museum techniques
  4. Research methods

Year 3 semester 2

  1. Practical attachment VI
  2. Research report

Mortuary science course career and opportunities

Those who pursue the course at the diploma or certificate level can be employed in different facilities that deal with human remains and preservation.

Some of the areas include

  1. Working in county or national government mortuary
  2. Operating a private mortuary
  3. Offering burial services and programs.
  4. Work as a pathologist assistant
  5. Cremation centers

The salary will depend on the institution that has employed you and the qualifications. However, the salary can start from Kshs. 20,000 to above 50,000.