Funeral Service Education

Funeral Service Education Page“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

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 Degree Program at Jefferson State Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, New Jersey 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: 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

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.

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National Board Exam Passing Rate

  • National Board Exam Rate
  • National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015) for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at
  • To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, contact – Venus N.R. Smith, CFSP Funeral Service Education, Jefferson Campus, Harold Martin Building, Room G-9  (205) 856-7841

Funeral Service Education Program Aims and Objectives:

  1. Members of a human services profession;
  2. Members of the community in which they serve;
  3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  4. Professionals knowledgeable of and compliance with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines, as well as;
  5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains
  6. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  7. To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble at the beginning of Chapter 9 of the Manual on Accreditation;
  8. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of funeral service profession to the community at large;
  9. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  10. To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;
  11. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

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