Bereavement Studies (Certificate)
Bereavement Studies (Certificate)

The online Bereavement Studies certificate program is designed to offer specialized training in the ways that people grieve after the loss of a loved one.

The program is beneficial to those who may be interested in the field of bereavement or are already working in a related field and is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

The program can be completed online without ever taking a campus-based course. Online students must have ready access to a computer with an internet connection. Students must be self-motivated, organized and possess strong time management skills.

An important note about tuition for online students who reside outside New York State: Students residing outside New York State who take online courses exclusively will be charged New York State resident rates. For more information, contact the Cashier's office.

This program is offered by the Mortuary Science Department.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • The certificate also may be of value to those already working in the field who wish to increase their knowledge.
  • The certificate program is approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.
  • Some courses required in the program are offered online and on campus.

NOTE: Not all courses are offered every semester, and there are limited online choices for some of the required courses. With careful planning in conjunction with an academic advisor, students can successfully plan their online degree requirements.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.


Careers in direct care in disability service organizations may be obtained after completing the certificate.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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Steps to Enroll Online

Apply online using the college's WIReD system at

After you complete the application process, you will receive a confirmation letter. Following your application, we also request that you contact the academic department via email. The department's online advisor is Lori Purcell, who can be reached at and (518) 629-7334. Call or email Lori to discuss the certificate program and your next steps.

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Contact Information

Lori Q. Purcell
Department Chair
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 011
(518) 629-7334

Please allow up to 48 hours for responses during the academic year. During scheduled recesses, allow up to five business days for a response.

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309