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
2006 N/A 90
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

*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
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
2015-2013 79% 69%
2014-2012 78% 70%
Most Recent # Takers # Passed
2015 Arts 95 80
2015 Sciences 96 68