Funeral Service Education


Funeral Service Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Human Studies

@ Forest Park

This program prepares students for an entry-level position as a funeral director and embalmer in a funeral home. Students will learn about mortuary law, restorative art, funeral directing, embalming and psychology of grief.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

Program Coordinator

David Coughran




The Funeral Service degree program at St. Louis Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, 816-233-3747. Web: National Board Examination scores, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program's scores and rates, go to the Funeral Service Education program office in Room E-411 at the Forest Park campus, email or call 314-644-9327.

Program Outcomes


Total Enrolled

# of New Students

# of Grads

Timely Grads Graduation rate Did not finish Overall % Employed Employed in Funeral Service
2017 31 12 8 8/8 100% 2 63% 63%
2016 28 9 10 0/10 90% 0 30% 30%
2015 11 11 __ __ __ __ __ __
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National Board Statistics

3 year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2015-2017 64% 71%
2014-2016 29% 60%
2013-2015 n/a n/a
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2017 Arts 7 7
2017 Sciences 9 7
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Prerequisites: Prior to applying for admission to the Funeral Service Education program, the student must submit a program application, three professional character references, a written personal narrative and complete a minimum of 40 hours of documented job shadowing which has been completed and verified under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and which must also occur in an unaffiliated and licensed funeral service establishment, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in high school or for 15 hours of college work (100 level or higher). Students with fewer than 15 hours of college credit must have both a 2.75 GPA in high school and a 2.75 GPA in college. In addition, the student is required to meet with the program director and/or other Funeral Service Education faculty for a personal interview.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate competency as a funeral director/embalmer, as defined by nationally accepted standards.
  • Explain how the treatment, handling, and disposition of the dead human body meet the sociological, psychological, theological, physical, and legal needs of the family and the community.
  • Apply knowledge of the state and federal laws regulating funeral service practice.
  • Complete successfully both national and state licensing examinations.
  • Practice varieties of funeralization rites and ceremonies, as seen in major religious and ethnic subcultures, fraternal, and military groups in the United States.
  • Counsel families about funeral prior to a death, during the time of the funeral, and continue to assist as long as needed.
  • Demonstrate an active role in the community to provide service and be a community resource to client families.
  • Interpret the role of funeral director as a guardian of public health and the safety measures that must be followed when dealing with dead human remains.
  • Describe the high standards of ethical conduct, which must be adhered to in order to promote the dignity of funeral service.
  • Utilize research to expand knowledge in the field of funeral service.
  • Establish an active role in promoting and attending continuing education programs offered in the profession.

Faculty and Staff

St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day by offering high-quality educational experiences leading to degrees, certificates, employment, university transfer and life-long learning.

Hands-on Learning

Gain practical experience at modern facilities at local funeral homes as well as in the classroom. Skills include: mortuary law, restorative art, funeral directing, embalming and psychology of grief.

Contact Us

Hours for all campuses: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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