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.

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), 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.

National Board Exam Passing Rate

  • National Board Exam Passing 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 Purposes

The Funeral Service Program focuses on funeral service as a profession. They are as follows:

  • To provide a knowledge base upon which the students can build a successful funeral service practice.
  • To provide accessible, economical education to all apprentice who seek it.
  • To instill a keen sense of ethics that will remain with the student in all endeavors.
  • To aid in the process of providing all funeral service practitioner with continuing education.
  • To provide an awareness of the students’ responsibility to their profession and to their clients.
  • To improve the public image of the funeral service profession.
  • To assist practicing funeral directors in the operations of their firms.
  • To provide a location for forums on topics of interest to funeral service professionals.
  • To insure that the quality of instruction in funeral service courses equals or surpasses that of more
    traditional areas of study.

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