The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education is designed to prepare students for a career in funeral service. All aspects of funeral service will be taught within the scope of this program. Academic and technical skills will be taught in the areas of general business, industry regulations and laws, embalming and restorative art skills, funeral service applications, funeral home management, grief counseling, etc. The goal is to prepare the student for successful completion of all necessary board examinations and to prepare the student for the rigors of daily work within the funeral service industry. The goals of the Funeral Service Education Program are to promote and improve the standards of funeral service education and professionalism, to expose funeral service students to all aspects of the profession, and foster a desire to serve the public interest in an ethical, dignified manner.  This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. 

The Funeral Service Education associate degree program at Columbus Technical 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:

 Program Admission Requirements:

Minimum Required Age 18

High School Diploma or GED Required

After completion of all learning support, general core classes, and fundamental occupational courses, students are eligible to take Funeral Service Program courses. These students who have met this eligibility requirement must take the entry level Funeral Service science courses, FSRV 2000 Anatomy, FSRV 2010 Pathology, FSRV 2020 Chemistry, and FSRV 2080 Microbiology.   In order to gain further admission into the program, students must: · Obtain a grade of “C” or better in each of these entry level science courses: FSRV 2000, FSRV 2010, FSRV 2020, FSRV 2080.

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