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Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
The Funeral Services Program is an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) program. It is offered in an innovative and flexible learning environment to develop students who have an interest in becoming professional end-of-life care givers. The curriculum integrates, entry level knowledge of funeral directing, technical skills, and scenarios in an on campus laboratory, The program has an active practicum learning environment by partnering with area funeral professionals to allow the student to experience firsthand and receive knowledge of actual funeral procedures. The program is committed to encourage lifelong learning in a positive non-discriminatory and supportive environment to enhance community involvement, scholarly research, and a better quality life, and respect for the dead.
Funeral directors interview the family members of the deceased to facilitate and assist with the arrangements for the funeral services. Services include coordination with clergy members, or other persons who will officiate, the logistics of funerals, preparing obituary notices and having them placed in newspapers, arranging for pallbearers, and clergy, scheduling with the cemetery the opening and closing of a grave, decorating and preparing the sites of all services, and providing for the transportation of the remains, mourners, and flowers between sites. They also direct preparation and shipment of remains for out-of-state burial. Embalming is a sanitary, cosmetic, and preservative process through which the body is prepared for interment. Funeral directors also handle the paperwork involved with the person’s death.
Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of a guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.
This A.S. degree program in funeral services requires a minimum of two years of college education, but students who have completed all general education courses upon admission to the professional phase of the program may be able to complete the program in a minimum of sixteen (16) months. Because the funeral services program includes mortuary science and basic science courses, high school preparation should include biology and chemistry. In addition, the program includes courses in liberal arts (such as English, humanities, and ethics), sciences (such as anatomy and pathology) and clinical sciences (such as embalming and restorative arts). The Florida licensure process requires passing the National Board Examination (a written comprehensive examination), serving a one-year internship under the direction of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and passing a Florida examination on rules and regulations.
A technical certificate, Florida Funeral Director (6154) (T.C.) , is included as an option within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn a technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you. The Florida Funeral Director (6154) (T.C.) is NOT accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, ABFSE. Students graduating from this program are NOT eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required. Students are eligible to take the Florida Laws and Rules Exam to practice as licensed Funeral Directors as approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services.
A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional core and funeral services courses.
This program strives to meet the needs of northern Florida for qualified funeral directors and embalmers by providing a training program that is supported by the local Funeral Services community.
Creating competent, ethical, and confident entry-level funeral services directors and embalmers committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
The Funeral Services program at Florida State College at Jacksonville has as its central aim the recognition of the importance of funeral service education personnel as:
- members of a human services profession,
- members of the community in which they serve,
- participants in the 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 state of Florida, as well as
- professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.
The goals of the Funeral Services program at Florida State College at Jacksonville are as follows.
- 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 proficiency and skills for the profession;
- To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
- To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
- To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; and
- To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
The Funeral Services program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org
The annual pass 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 website (www.abfse.org).
- Acceptance to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
- A minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in all college work to be used for the degree.
- Completion of Funeral Services program application.
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
- Proof of high school completion required. If applicable, all postsecondary transcripts are required.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons who are well acquainted with your professional and personal qualifications.
- One page typed essay about personal goals and objectives for pursuing a career in Funeral Services.
- Health Occupations Test (HOT) scores.
- Funeral Services experience documented on official employer letterhead.
National Board Examination (NBE) Statement
The Funeral Services program requires each Funeral Service student to take the National Board Examination (NBE) as a requirement for graduation.
Certification and Licensing
The Florida licensure process requires 1) passing the NBE (a written comprehensive examination), 2) serving a one-year internship under the direction of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and 3) passing a Florida examination on rules and regulations.
National Board Exam Statistics
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Robert Dean, North Campus, (904) 766-6622 or email@example.com
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State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers