Funeral Service Education
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Mission: The Funeral Service Education AAS degree prepares students to achieve entry-level proficiency as an embalmers and funeral directors. Funeral service professionals provide counsel, service, and emotional support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Students also learn how to manage a successful business in the high-tech global economy.
Funeral Service Education AAS degree graduates will:
- Be prepared for entry level positions as a funeral director and embalmer
- Recognize the historical roots of contemporary funeral service practices**
- Use appropriate terminology to facilitate communication with members of allied professions, the public, and the funeral service industry
- Differentiate among the representative chemicals in embalming fluid (arterial, cavity, and accessory) and describe their respective functions and chemical principles**
- Discuss and demonstrate safe environmental work practices through proper disposal of contaminated materials, and proper methods of disposal of blood and body fluids during and following the embalming process**
- Explain and demonstrate the preparation of the infant, autopsy and non-autopsy embalming techniques and procedures while demonstrating and describing the use of embalming instruments, equipment and sundries, and embalming techniques and procedures
- Comply with OSHA’s hazard communication standard, formaldehyde standard, and bloodborne pathogens standard
- Identify the purpose of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), describe its effect on funeral service and who must comply with the FTC Funeral Industry Practices Rule, explain how to comply and follow the FTC Rule
- Identify the pathological conditions and etiological factors which require special procedures in the removal, handling, preparation, and disposition of human remains
- Identify the laws, rules, regulations and management practices affecting funeral service and adhere to a standard of ethical behavior in personal and professional conduct
- Be prepared to succeed on the National Board Exam and the state board exam
- Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills
- Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes
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.
High school completion or GED® or satisfactory completion of nine post-secondary credits, exclusive of developmental courses.
Admission Dates: Fall
|ACCT||111||Introduction to Accounting||5|
|BIOL&||175||Human Biology w/Lab||5|
|BUSA||180||Small Business Management||5|
|FSE||101||Introduction to Funeral Service||3|
|FSE||130||Funeral Service Sociology & Psychology||4|
|FSE||141||Funeral Service Ethics||2|
|FSE||148||Funeral Service Law & Compliance||3|
|FSE||250||Funeral Service Management & Merchandising||4|
|FSE||256||Funeral Service Options||3|
|FSE||258||Restorative Art and Lab||4|
|FSE||262||Funeral Service Microbiology||3|
|FSE||274||Funeral Service Pathology||3|
ACADEMIC CORE REQUIREMENTS - 20 credits
|ENGL&||101||English Composition I||5|
|CMST&||220||Introduction to Public Speaking||5|
|Total Program Credits||90|
See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.
CAUTION: Students enrolling in the Funeral Service Education program should contact their respective state board of funeral service regarding that state board’s approval of this particular program of instruction.