Admission Requirements

To enter the Funeral Service Education Program, students must meet prerequisites. All who meet these requirements are eligible for entry into the program. The two requirements are:

AAS Program Admission Requirements

  1. Current valid apprenticeship with the state board of funeral service within the state that he or she plans to practice.
  2. Fifteen semester hours (25 quarter hours) of Funeral Service Education faculty approved English, math, speech, social science and humanities completed.

15 Semester Hours

  • ENG 101 – English Composition I – 3 hours
  • ENG 102 or SPH 106 or 107 English Composition II or Fund. of Oral Communication or Fund. of Public Speaking – 3 hours
  • MTH 100 or 110 or 116 – Intermediate College Algebra or Finite Mathematics or Mathematical Applications – 3 hours
  • PSY 200 or SOC 200 – General Psychology or Intro. to Sociology – 3 hours
  • Approved Humanities Elective – 3 hours

Certificate Admission Requirements

Funeral Directing ONLY

The completion of this certificate allows students to sit for state only examination for funeral directing. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students are not eligible to take the National Board Examination. The Funeral Service Education Program offers two certificates for Funeral Directing ONLY — 27 Hours Certificate and a 36 Hour Certificate. Students can enroll during the spring and fall semesters, both certificate options are offered via Distance Learning.

Certificate Contracts

Admission Requirements

  • Current valid state board of funeral service apprenticeship within the state that he or she plans to practice.
  • 6 semester hours (10-quarter hours) of an English 101 and a Math 100 or 110 or 116.
  • All certificate program coursework must be completed within three semesters of initial enrollment.
  • Students who enter the certificate option must declare by the end of the first semester if they wish to transfer to the degree option. In order to make the transfer from certificate to degree the student must have all prerequisites for the degree option already completed.

To be eligible for a certificate, students must:

  • Current valid state board of funeral service apprenticeship within the state that he or she plans to practice.
  • 6 semester hours (10 quarter hours) of English 101 and Math 100 or 110 or 116.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses with FSE prefix.
  • Have a minimum 2.00 grade point average in Jefferson State courses.