National Board Exam Statistics

The following chart represents the passing rate of first-time takers on the National Board Exam since 2007.

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 %
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
2017 336 125 98 93/98 84% 10 97% 96%
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
2017-2015  78%  76%
2016-2014  79%  71%
2015-2013 79% 69%
Most Recent # Takers # Passed
2017 Arts 100 80
2017 Sciences 98 80