Funeral Services

Associate in Science

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Mortuary science, embalming, restorative art and funeral home operations


All courses in the funeral service program are offered online except for three lab classes in Restorative Art and Embalming which are held on the FSCJ North Campus.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Funeral Services degree program strives to meet the needs of northern Florida for qualified funeral directors and embalmers by providing a funeral director training program that is supported by the local funeral services community. Students in the funeral services program are trained to be knowledgeable and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial and local regulatory guidelines in the state of Florida.

Program Mission

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


Accreditation If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in that state.

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 INFORMATION – Florida State College at Jacksonville

Year

Total Enrolled

# of New Students

# of Grads

Timely Grad*

Graduation Rate

Did not finish**

Overall% Employed

Employed in FS

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%

 

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – Florida State College at Jacksonville

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

 

The Associate in Science in Funeral Service degree 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: www.abfse.org.

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, click here to ensure the program curriculum meets the requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing in that state.



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Program Information

Limited access 

Program Code:  2161

Next Start Term

Fall

Deadlines

May 15

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees: Approximately $7,551*
 Financial aid is available, if qualified.

Additional Costs

Uniforms and textbooks

Contact Information

Phone: (904) 713-4545

*Tuition reflects Florida resident rates and are subject to change. Certain classes that require labs may have additional fees for lab supplies. Additional fees are published in the class schedule