Aims & Purposes

Funeral Service Education Program Mission

To prepare students for a career in funeral services, increase their professionalism, and provide them with a foundation for lifelong learning.

Aims and Purposes

The FSE program has as its central aim the recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of a human services profession
  • Members of the community in which they serve
  • Participants in the intimate relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice), as well as
  • Professionals sensitive to and knowledgeable of the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains

The program has the following purposes:

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary to become functional members of the profession
  • To educate student concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct
  • To provide a comprehensive curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction
  • To encourage research in the field of funeral service

Program Statistics
The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).

Year

# Taking Science

# Passing Science

% Passing Science

# Taking Arts

# Passing Arts

% Passing Arts

2011

7

6

86%

7

6

86%

2012

12

9

75%

13

8

62%