Funeral Service Education
"Show me the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for law of the land and their loyalty to high ideals." William Gladstone
The Mandatory Distance Learning Orientation will be held on August 20, 2015
at 8:00 a.m. SHARP in on the Jefferson Campus. All prospective students
should contact Venus N.R. Smith at (205) 856-7841 or Jzyk Ennis at
205-856-7852 to receive a detailed letter about the orientation. Any student
failing to attend the mandatory distance learning orientation will NOT be
admitted to the Funeral Service Education Program during the fall 2015
semester. The mandatory orientation is for Distance Learning students ONLY.
All the requirements (prerequisites) for the FSE Program must be completed
to register for any FSE courses.
This program is designed for students who are full-time employees of a funeral home. Click here for the Program brochure. The Funeral Service Education Program is based upon the concept of cooperative education. It is designed for those who have a state board sanctioned apprenticeship and who are actively seeking to satisfy their particular state licensing requirements. Students must complete an apprenticeship specified by the state in which they expect to practice before they will be eligible for licensure.
The Funeral Service Education program at Jefferson State Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) graduation rates and employment rates for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).
The student is given a broad understanding of funeral home operation, funeral directing, public health and embalming along with a foundation in communication skills, social science and applied science. The Funeral Service Education Program requires that graduates complete the National Board Examination given by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards in order to graduate as well as any of the state board examinations. www.theconferenceonline.org