Funeral Services (A.S.)

The Funeral Services program has been named an approved distance learning (online) program by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). This new approval means that qualified students may now take all courses online, except for the two clinical laboratory embalming courses. These laboratory classes are offered at the embalming lab located at FSCJ’s North Campus, with special attendance opportunities available for students from outside the service area. 

Program Mission

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

Additional Costs/Fees: Approximately $7,551

This is a Limited Access program.

Degree: Associate in Science (A.S.)
Credit Hours: 72 Credits
Online Program : Yes
Program Code: 2161
Financial Aid Eligible : Yes
  (904) 646-2300

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Funeral Services Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, students will be able to::

  1. Explain the importance of funeral services 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.


After successfully completing the program, students will be eligible to take the National Board examinations.

Note: If you are considering employment in a state other than Florida, please visit to determine if this program will meet the selected state’s requirements to sit for licensure or certification testing.


The Funeral Service associate 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:


Student Success Rates

National Board Examination Statistics

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

Program Information - Florida State College at Jacksonville

Year Total enrolled # of New
# of
Graduation Rate** Did not finish*** Overall %
in FS
2022 32 18 8 7/8 62% 5 100% 100%
2021 26 14 8 7/8 100% 0 100% 88%
2020 22 8 9 9/9 60% 3 100% 78%

Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.
** Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)
*** Left before completing the program; did not finish.

National Board Statistics - Florida State College at Jacksonville

Arts  Takers School
Pass Rate
Pass Rate


Sciences Takers School
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
 2022   4 75%  69%


 2022 4 50% 64%
  2021   9  89%  68%


 2021 9  56%  57%
2020   8 50% 73%


2020 4 67% 64%

School pass rate is based on 1st time test takers within one year of graduation.

Program Notice

Admissions Information

Application Deadline(s)

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

Application Requirements

Applicants must take 7-credit hours of prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C or better and a minimum combined grade point average of 2.0 prior to the application deadline for the Funeral Services program and prior to beginning the Professional coursework (FSE prefix) phase of the Funeral Services program. Submit current Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI/A2 Elsevier A2 Preadmission Test Scores). Note: A complete HESI/A2 administration is required and is made up of nine (9) sub-tests that must be completed in one sitting. Scores are taken from a single complete administration that is most advantageous to the applicant. A minimum score of 65% is required on the grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary sub-tests.

Refer to the Funeral Services page in the College Catalog for additional admission requirements.