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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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:
- Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
- Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
- Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
- Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
- Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
- Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
- Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
- Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
- Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
- Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: 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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
- 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 the Funeral Services program application.
- Proof of high school completion required. If applicable, all postsecondary transcripts are required.
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
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.
The application deadline is May 15 of each year with classes starting in the fall term.
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