National Board Exam Statistics

Effective January 1, 2004 all students graduating from an accredited program of funeral service education are required to take the National Board Examination administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, as a requirement for graduation.

The following chart represents the passing rate of first-time takers on the National Board Exam since 2001.

Programs Accredited by ABFSE:
  • Diploma in Embalming and Funeral Directing
  • Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
  • Associate in Specialized Business Degree
Date PIMS Class # First time pass rate %
2004* New reporting requirement
2007 N/A 91
2008 N/A 78
2009 N/A 81
2010** New reporting requirement
Arts – First time pass %  Sciences – First time pass %
2010 92 74
2011 83 68
2012 82 74
2013 72 69
2014 81 68
2015 84 71
2016 71 74

*Effective 2004, National Board statistics are only reported on a year-by-year basis by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
**Effective 2010, yearly National Board Statistics are reported by section: Arts & Sciences by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s scores, please visit Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, 5808 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, or by emailing pims5808email@gmail.com, or by telephone at 412-362-8500

PROGRAM INFORMATION – Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation Rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed in FS
2016 351 157 89 79/89 89% 21 98% 98%
2015 332 143 101 99/101 79% 31 96% 96%
2014 364 143 96 72/96 75% 39 92% 92%

*Timely graduation = complete program within 1.5 times designated program length
**Left before completing the program;  did not finish

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
3 Year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2016-2014  79%  71%
2015-2013 79% 69%
2014-2012 78% 70%
Most Recent # Takers # Passed
2016 Arts 92 65
2016 Sciences 93 69