Funeral Service Associate Degree
The associate degree program in funeral service offers an intensive and comprehensive curriculum designed to provide you with both the insights and skills necessary to serve an increasingly sophisticated and educated public.
To give you a well-rounded education, the curriculum combines academic work in liberal arts and sciences with standard professional courses required by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and for successful completion of the National Board Examination which is administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
Graduates with an associate degree in funeral service will gain a basic understanding of death and the funeral director’s role in helping individuals, families and communities work through and resolve their grief.
Specifically, you will learn about funeral customs and rituals across a variety of ethnic backgrounds, cultures and religions, as well as general business practices such as accounting, law and professional ethics. From a technical standpoint, you will have experience in embalming, restoring, dressing, casketing and cosmetizing a dead human body – gaining the proficiency to pass both national and state or province specific funeral board examinations.
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American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The Funeral Service associate degree (FSS) at the New England Institute at Mount Ida College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506; (816) 233-3747; web site: www.abfse.org. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) 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.