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.

The program has received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is now in the seeking candidacy for accreditation by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

After the funeral service program is accredited by ABFSE, graduates will be eligible to take the National Board Examination. Graduates must successfully complete an apprenticeship and the State of Tennessee funeral service law exam to become a licensed funeral director or embalmer.

CAUTION: Students applying for admission to the funeral service program should contact their respective state boards of funeral service regarding that state board's approval of this particular program of instruction.


Classes are offered at our Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Road.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) for this program are:

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

Coursework Overview

Funeral service education graduates will complete 63 semester hours of coursework in the following disciplines:


  • Funeral Home Management
  • Funeral Directing
  • Accounting
  • Communications
  • Computer Applications

Law and Ethics

  • Business Law
  • Funeral Service Law
  • Funeral Service Ethics


  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Embalming
  • Restorative Art

Social Sciences

  • History and Sociology of Funeral Services
  • Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling

See our catalog listing of required courses for the Funeral Service Education A.A.S. degree.

Course Location

Classroom and laboratory instruction are located at our Whitehaven Center, 1234 Finley Rd. in Memphis, Tennessee.

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How to Apply

Apply now at our apply online page.

Financial Aid

Students who meet certain requirements are eligible to attend tuition-free through the successful application of federal and state-funded financial aid programs including Pell, Tennessee Hope, Promise and Reconnect scholarships.

Access the Finanical Aid page for more information.

Contact Information

Chair: Ron Johnson
Phone: (901) 333-4122

Whitehaven Center
1234 Finley Rd.
Memphis, Tennessee 38116

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, Funeral Service Education Chair