Funeral Service Education

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Distance Learning Orientation

The Mandatory Distance Learning Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 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 spring 2016 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.

Traditional students attending on campus courses two days a week (Tuesdays & Wednesdays), must contact the FSE Program to schedule an appointment to register. All the requirements (prerequisites) for the FSE Program must be completed to register for any FSE courses.

Please note: Distance Learners – You may receive a letter from Jefferson State’s Enrollment Services regarding orientation for the college, please disregard and attend the orientation on January 7, 2016  to register for the FSE Program, same information will be given. Also, if you have attended JSCC in the past or made application and did not attend or missed a semester, you will need to submit a NEW application for enrollment. Call Enrollment Services directly for questions regarding the admission process, 205-856-7704.

The Funeral Service Education Program will not register ANY students for the FSE Program after Friday, January 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)


“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

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 Degree 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: 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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