Non-Credit Classes

Our Non-Credit classes are offered in several formats including in-person and online/Hybrid. Be sure to check the schedule when enrolling.

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  • Basic Welding and Metal Sculpture
    • Practical training for welders in artistic welding and metal sculptor. Course emphasizes oxy-ace, arc, and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. Prerequisites: None.
  • Basic Blacksmithing and Metal Shaping
    • Selection and safe use of blacksmithing and metal shaping tools and equipment. Material selection and conditioning, practical forging techniques, metal shaping experience, and finishing processes. Prerequisites: None.
  • Advanced Welding – Heliarc and Wire Feed
    • Instruction in theory and practice on tungsten inert gas and wire feed welding. Welding procedures on ferrous and nonferrous metals. Set up and operation of all types of machines used in tig and mig welding. Prerequisites: WLD106, or permission of Department or Division.

Students may enroll by permission only. Permission is given by the Welding Department. For more information about these classes please contact Rod Hammil (, or 480-461-7131 or visit the department’s web page.


Get Fit through the use of cardiovascular and weight machines, and a variety of free weights and group fitness classes.

Certified trainers are available at all times. Get Fit programs are available at both Southern and Dobson and Red Mountain campuses.


Southern and Dobson:
Mondays - Thursdays, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fridays, 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturdays, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Red Mountain:
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fridays, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturdays, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more information on these courses, please contact Jim Haggerty at, or 480-461-7556 or, visit the department’s web page.

Mortuary Science


Course Description: Pursuant to Arizona SB-1342 13-1324.01 B
Two (non-credit) 8 hour formal class sessions covering mandated educational training from the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers for proposed intern trainee candidates. Training will consist of:

  • Basics of First Call and Transfer of remains into care of funeral home
  • Preparation room etiquette
  • Safety and Health Concerns in the Preparation Room
  • OSHA ( Universal Health and Safety Precautions) Mandatory Staff Training videos and exams covering:
    • Bloodborne Pathogens, Facility Design and Emergency Planning, Formaldehyde Safety, Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Flammables and Combustibles and Recordkeeping

Basic Embalming Theory and Technique (anatomical guides, case analysis, disinfection, sanitation and preservation)

  • Funeral Service Ethics
  • Applicable Arizona State Law and Rules
  • Professionalism and professional conduct in the Funeral Home

Mesa Community College Mortuary Science Building
7440 East Tahoe Ave., Mesa, Arizona 85212

8:00 am - 4:30 pm  Two days  16.0 hours

$250.00 includes registration, continental breakfast, lunch, and class materials.

Please contact the instructor, Dr. Thomas R. Taggart at or 480-988-8501 for course information.


Hands on” actual cremation process plus processing of human remains plus:

  • The History of Cremation
  • Cremation Statistics
  • Professional Terminology
  • Incinerator and Arizona Crematory Law Terminology
  • Principles of Combustion
  • Cremation and the Environment
  • Incinerator Criteria
  • Basics of Operation of Cremation Equipment
  • General Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Forms and Record Keeping
  • Handling, Exposure Control and Packaging
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Arizona Crematory Law Title 32

Mesa Community College Mortuary Science Building
7440 East Tahoe Ave., Mesa, Arizona 85212

$175 (includes registration, continental breakfast, lunch, class materials, the use of the onsite crematory retort, a Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of Matthews Cremation) Certification Exam given at the conclusion of the full-day class.

Please contact the instructor, Dr. Thomas R. Taggart at or 480-988-8501 for course information.

For additional information on MCC’s Mortuary Science program please visit the department’s web page.