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. All Funeral Service Education students must take the National Board Examination to graduate from the
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education are prepared for employment primarily in funeral home settings, although some related fields, such as embalming operations within medical college
anatomy departments, trade embalming facilities, and autopsy support operations, are possible employment opportunities. Typically, a graduate who has passed all required board examinations and who has completed the
required apprenticeship may be employed as a licensed funeral director/licensed embalmer. Prior to completion of apprenticeship and the subsequent licensure, the graduate would be employed as an apprentice funeral
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The Funeral Service Education program at Ogeechee Technical College has as its central aim the recognition of funeral service 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 geographic area where they practice, as well as professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. The Funeral Service Education program also has the following objectives: 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 necessary for the profession, as defined in the preamble above; 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 Service Program at Ogeechee Technical College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, Ph. 816-233-3747. Web:
To become licensed in the State of Georgia, a student must successfully complete the course of study at an accredited Funeral Service Education program, pass the national and/or state examinations, and complete a required
NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATION
After January 1, 2004, each accredited program in Funeral Service Education must require that each funeral service student take the National Board Examination (NBE) as a requirement for graduation. The annual passage 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).
1. Submit a completed application and application fee;
2. Be at least 18 years of age;
3. Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript; 4. Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
• Meet the following assessment requirements:
TEST Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
COMPASS 79 62 43 37
SAT 450 NA 440 NA
ACT 17 16 19 NA
Admissions Policy- After the completion of all learning support, general core classes, COMP 1000, ACCT
1100, MKTG 1130 or ACCT 2140, and SPCH 1100, students are eligible to take Funeral Service Program courses.
Policy Regarding FSRV 2100 – FSRV 2100, Funeral Service Seminar, is the capstone course of the Funeral Service Education program. In order for students to enroll in this course, they must have successfully completed all other
program requirements. The only exception to this policy is if a student has only one additional course that must be taken in conjunction with FSRV 2100.
FUNERAL SERVICE EDUCATION DEGREE CURRICULUM
The curriculum for the Funeral Service Education degree program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester for general education classes, and fall and spring semesters for program
courses. To graduate, degree-seeking students must earn a minimum of 75 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 1380 contact hours and generally takes 6 semesters to complete.