Funeral Service Education Associate of Applied Science FS23

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The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education is designed to prepare students for a career in funeral service. All aspects of funeral service will be taught within the scope of this program. Academic and technical skills will be taught in the areas of general business, industry regulations and laws, embalming and restorative art skills, funeral service applications, funeral home management, grief counseling, etc. The goal is to prepare the student for successful completion of all necessary board examinations and to prepare the student for the rigors of daily work within the funeral service industry. The goals of the Funeral Service Education Program are to promote and improve the standards of funeral service education and professionalism, to expose funeral service students to all aspects of the profession, and foster a desire to serve the public interest in an ethical, dignified manner.  This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. 

The Funeral Service Education degree program at Columbus Technical College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, Phone 816.233.3747. Web:

Program Admission Requirements:

Minimum Required Age 18

High School Diploma or GED Required

After completion of all learning support, general core classes, and fundamental occupational courses, students are eligible to take Funeral Service Program courses. These students who have met this eligibility requirement must take the entry level Funeral Service science courses, FSRV 2000 Anatomy, FSRV 2010 Pathology,FSRV 2020 Chemistry,and FSRV 2080 Microbiology.   In order to gain further admission into the program, students must: · Obtain a grade of "C" or better in each of these entry level science courses: FSRV 2000, FSRV 2010, FSRV 2020, FSRV 2080 · 


The central objective of an ABFSE-accredited program must be to educate students in every phase of funeral service so that program graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in funeral service. In support of this objective, a program must adopt at least the following

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an accredited program, students will be able to:

2.1.1 Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.

2.1.2 Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.

2.1.3 Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.

2.1.4 Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.

2.1.5 Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.

2.1.6 Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.

2.1.7 Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.

2.1.8 Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.

2.1.9 Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment

2.1.10 Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

Degree Requirements

Semester One

Semester Two

Semester Three
Semester Four
Semester Five
Semester Six

Total Credit Hours: 72