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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Jan 25, 2022
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] [Archived Catalog]

Funeral Services (2161) (A.S.)

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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.

The Program

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 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.

Year Total Enrolled # New Students # of Grads Timely Grad Graduation Rate Did Not Finish Overall % Employed Employed in F.S.
2019 30 15 9 8/9 88.9% 2 100% 60%
2018 37 15 12 10/12 83.3% 3 100% 75%
2017 30 12 14 7/16 56% 4 93% 81%

The Florida Funeral Director (6154) (T.C.)  is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, ABFSE. Students graduating from the Florida Funeral Director (6154) (T.C.)  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.

A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional coursework and funeral services coursework. 

National Board Exam Statistics

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3 Year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2017-2019 74% 78%
2016-2018 84% 94%
2015-2017 77% 83%
Most Recent # Takers # Passed
2019 Arts 6 4
2019 Sciences 6 2

Embedded Certificate(s)

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 the technical certificate while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you. 

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.

The Career

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 guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.


This program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). Students graduating from the  Funeral Services (2161) (A.S.) program are eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

This program is regulated by the Florida Board of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services. Students who wish to take the Florida Laws and Rules examination and apply for licensure as a Florida Funeral Director must hold an associate’s degree or higher per Florida Statute 497.373 as approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services.  Additional licensure requirements include serving in a one-year internship under the direction of a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  Graduates of the program who do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to sit for the examination or apply for licensure in the state of Florida.

Department Vision

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.

Funeral Services Program Mission Statement

To educate students in every phase of funeral service so that program graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in funeral service.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of the Funeral Services Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville are as follows:

  1. Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.  
  2. Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice. 
  3. Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.    
  4. Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains. 
  5. Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains. 
  6. Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies. 
  7. Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains. 
  8. Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved. 
  9. Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment. 
  10. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

Program Objectives

The goals of the Funeral Services program at Florida State College at Jacksonville are as follows.

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills for the profession;
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  5. To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction; and
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Program Accreditation

The Funeral Services program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747, Web:

Passage Rate

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.

NBE pass rates, graduation rates (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015) for this and other ABFSE Accredited programs are available from ABFSE. To request a printed copy of this programs and rates visit, please contact Florida State College at Jacksonville, North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Funeral Services Program, Building C, Room 325, Jacksonville, FL 32225, (904) 766-6622 or

Application Procedure

Acceptance into the Funeral Services program is based upon academic performance and other criteria. To be considered as a qualified applicant, individuals must complete the following by the application deadline:

  1. Acceptance to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  2. A minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in all college work to be used for the degree.
  3. Completion of Funeral Services program application.
  4. Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
  5. Proof of high school completion required. If applicable, all postsecondary transcripts are required.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons who are well acquainted with your professional and personal qualifications.
  7. One page typed essay about personal goals and objectives for pursuing a career in Funeral Services.
  8. Health Occupations Test (HOT) scores.
  9. Funeral Services experience documented on official employer letterhead.

Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.

Application Deadline(s)

The application deadline is May 15 of each year with classes starting in the fall term.

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General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 20

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 11

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Professional coursework.

Funeral Services Coursework

Credit Hours: 41

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Funeral Services coursework.

Total Credit Hours: 72

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the state of Florida.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a “C” or better in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a “C” or better requirement.
  7. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2019/2020) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2019/2020 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.

University Transfer

This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, refer to the University Transfer Guide at

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