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What type of education do you need to become a morgue assistant?

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A morgue technician or assistant position requires a minimum educational attainment of a high school diploma. It also may require experience in a medical or heath care field, as well as certain physical abilities such as lifting.

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Although the National Association of Medical Examiners only requires a high school diploma for an entry-level position as a morgue technician, many morgues or medical examiners may require a bachelor's degree or some post secondary education. Many job postings also list educational requirements such as technical school training in mortuary science or an associate degree in medical laboratory science.

In addition to education requirements, experience in an office setting or in the medical field is sometimes required or preferred. The position of morgue technician is considered entry-level, so in most cases only a year of experience is needed. Though most morgue attendant skills are learned on the job, those interested in the career must possess certain personality traits. Physical fitness is important, as part of the job description includes lifting bodies. In addition, a morgue assistant must maintain his composure and professional demeanor in the face of some often very disturbing circumstances. Even with the appropriate education, not everyone enjoys or is successful in this position.

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