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

Thank you for your interest in Jefferson State Community College’s Funeral Service Education Program. Please contact the Funeral Service Education directly for any questions.

Please contact Jzyk Ennis ([email protected]) or Venus Smith ([email protected])

There is a mandatory orientation for the spring and fall semesters. Any student failing to attend the mandatory orientation will not be admitted to the Funeral Service Education Program during that semester. This orientation is for students that have met all requirements for the FSE Program. You must have an apprenticeship with a funeral home and have completed the program requirements (5 classes for the degree or the 2 classes for the certificate) to be registered.

Please complete an application and send your official transcripts directly to the Record’s Office for evaluation. Please note: If you have attended JSCC in the past or made an application and did not attend or missed a semester, you will need to submit a NEW application for enrollment.

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   [email protected]

Funeral Service Education Program Objectives:

The Funeral Service Education Program at Jefferson State Community College and American Board of Funeral Service Education’s objectives are to educate students in every phase of funeral service so that this FSE Program graduates are prepared for entry level employment in funeral service. The FSE Program has adopted the following Learning Outcomes and the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  2. Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  3. Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  4. Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  5. Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  6. Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  7. Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  8. Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  9. Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  10. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.