Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science is your new resting place. You’ll find your path here through our in-depth courses that will prepare you for a future career in being a caregiver like no other. Our programs are designed for those whose passion for caregiving goes beyond the grave with online and campus options available.
To keep our students and staff safe, we are taking certain precautions and following CDC Guidelines. Stay up-to-date on campus status here.
WHO YOU ARE
If you’re someone who is ready to break away from the established path of four years in college only to get a job that doesn’t fulfill you, then you’ve found your new home.
Are you someone who wants a profession in caregiving, but you don’t envision yourself as a healthcare worker or in social work? If you’re nodding your head yes, then the funeral profession could use someone like you.
Our program is designed for those who are ready to absorb extensive knowledge and background to build a future in the global death care community that will make you feel alive.
WHO WE ARE
For over 75 years, our Institute has been educating, training, and preparing those who’ve wanted to pursue a career in funeral service. Our faculty members each have their own background that provides our students with the skills required of the funeral professional. Our program is beneficial for non-traditional students who are ready to not only find their career but where they belong.
WHO WE ARE
For over 75 years, our Institute has been educating, training, and preparing those who’ve wanted to pursue a career in the funeral service. Our faculty members each have their own background that provides our students with the skills required of the funeral professional. Our program is beneficial for non-traditional students who are ready to not only find their career but where they belong.
Classroom 17:1 student/instructor ratio
Online class size: less than 30
500+ embalmings completed on campus annually
ANNOUNCEMENT: Change is coming
News from Program Director Dr. Barry Lease:
Online classes available
You can complete your education to become a funeral director and embalmer without having to commit to a full-time schedule. Our online courses provide our students with the knowledge, experience, and skills required as a funeral professional. It’s time to bring your future to life.
NEED FINANCIAL AID?
Don’t let finances stop you from finding a fulfilling and lucrative career. Learn more about our financial aid options.
In addition, we employ a Certifying Official that works with VA Benefits and we are a participating Yellow Ribbon school.
"PIMS Gave Me a lot More than a Funeral Service Education."
“PIMS gave me a lot more than a funeral service education. I was able to be more myself. Finding people with the same interest of serving others, and not weirded out by what I wanted to be. I made some of the best friends I could’ve ever looked for, and now have role models who I truly want to be.”
"Together We Accomplished So Much"
“I was really hesitant to start a new career at my age, and with three small children. I met a new support system of people at PIMS, and together we accomplished so much with all of our effort and determination.”
"I Am So Happy I Picked This Path"
“From my time at PIMS I was surrounded by friendship and compassion. I met many great faculty members I can now call my friends. I am so happy I picked this path. I had no idea what I was going to do in high school and luckily I followed my heart, which was funeral directing. I can not be grateful enough for all of my peers and teachers I met. I am so happy I got to be a part of PIMS.”
“I'm Very Happy With My Experience at PIMS.
“I’m very happy with my experience at PIMS. I believe PIMS has given me a good foundation for my second career.”
"PIMS Has Changed My Life.”
“PIMS has really been an eye-opener for me. You all have really made it possible for me to get my license to be a mortician. I can say that I was overwhelmed in the beginning it was so much information for one week. I had to get my time management in order. Once I got that under control I started taking my time and moving from one week to the other. Now it’s almost over, PIMS has changed my life.”
"I Really Enjoyed My Time at PIMS"
“I really enjoyed my time at PIMS. The distance learning made it easy for me to learn at my own schedule while continuing to work full time. The ItsLearning program was easy to use and I never missed an assignment like in other online programs I’ve done. The RA lab was informative and SO much fun. It was fun meeting all my classmates in person.”
"I wouldn’t have the confidence to be the business owner I am today"
“The education that I received at PIMS gave me the confidence and knowledge that I needed to be a successful funeral service practitioner. The entire staff at PIMS truly treat their students like family. The instructors and curriculum at PIMS helped me pass the National Boards on the first attempt. If it weren’t for PIMS, I wouldn’t have the confidence to be the business owner I am today. Thank you PIMS!”
"I would choose this experience all over again"
“PIMS for me was such a good decision. I would choose this experience all over again as the best way to help me achieve my goals.”
"We Have Attended the Best School in the Nation
“I want you to know that this school has prepared me for everything I have seen so far. There’s no doubt in my mind that we have attended the best school in the nation and are best prepared for our job.
"Everyone is accommodating, approachable, knowledgeable, and kind."
“I have nothing but amazing things to say about this program. The staff being the most important. Everyone is accommodating, approachable, knowledgeable, and kind. As a student, it was so easy to tell how much they love the field of mortuary science. They love to teach and they love to share their wisdom to younger generations interested in funeral service!”