Funeral Service Education
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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in funeral service education program is designed to prepare the student for a career as a funeral director and embalmer. Coursework equips the student with a broad understanding of funeral home operations, funeral directing, public health, and embalming, covering everything from the business fundamentals of the industry to grief counseling.
After an apprenticeship, funeral service graduates are eligible to complete the National Board Examination and the State of Tennessee funeral service law exam to become a licensed funeral director or embalmer. The program will seek accreditation by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).
Classes are offered at our Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Road.
Program objectives for the Funeral Service Education, A.A.S. program include:
- Enhance the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
- Educate students in every phase of funeral service
- Enable students to develop proficiency and the skills necessary for the profession
- Educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large
- Emphasize high standards of ethical conduct
- Encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service
Funeral service education graduates will complete 63 semester hours of coursework in the following disciplines:
- Funeral Home Management
- Funeral Directing
- Computer Applications
Law and Ethics
- Business Law
- Funeral Service Law
- Funeral Service Ethics
- Restorative Art
- History and Sociology of Funeral Services
- Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling
Classroom and laboratory instruction are located at our Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Rd. in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Students who meet certain requirements are eligible to attend tuition-free through the successful application of federal and state-funded financial aid programs, including , including Pell and Tennessee Hope, Promise and Reconnect scholarships.