Funeral Service Education (Collaborative Program)

Why a Career in Funeral Service?

[A55260] Associate in Applied Science Degree
[D55260] Diploma

The Funeral Service Education curriculum provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in basic funeral service skills.

In addition to the general education courses offered in the curriculum, technical courses such as human anatomy, embalming theory and practice, embalming chemistry, restorative arts, funeral law, and funeral home operations are taught.

Graduates of the curriculum, upon passing the state or national exam and completing an internship in a funeral home, will be qualified for employment as embalmers and/or funeral directors.

Funeral Service Education (FSE) is a collaborative program between Randolph Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College. FTCC is the “host” college and will be awarding the Associate Degree or Diploma.

Most FSE courses will be delivered via the Internet from FTCC as online courses. All general education and related courses will be offered by RCC either on campus or online.

Degree-seeking Students who are employed with a funeral home may be eligible to complete the embalming clinical assignments at a funeral home approved by FTCC. Students who are not employed at a funeral home will be required to travel to FTCC to complete their embalming lab requirements on the FTCC campus. Students will be required to take the National Board Exam for Funeral Services as a condition for graduation.

Graduates of the diploma program are eligible to take the N.C. Board of Mortuary Science Funeral Director state exam.

COMPETENCIES (per Fayetteville Technical Community College)
These are the skills students will develop as they progress through this program.
1. Communicate effectively using the conventions of American Standard English in professional and academic environments.
2. Use critical thinking to analyze problems and make logical decisions.
3. Demonstrate socialization skills that support cultural awareness and a global perspective.
4. Demonstrate quantitative competencies.
5. Demonstrate computer literacy.
Funeral Service Education Objectives
The program also has the following objectives:
1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about funeral service profession.
2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service to help enable them to develop the proficiency necessary for the profession, as defined in the above.
3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
5. To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction.
6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Click here for a list of Humanities/Fine Arts courses approved for this program.

Additional Information
• Students must submit an application, transcripts, and placement testing scores to Fayetteville Technical Community College and have been accepted into the Funeral Service Education program before enrolling in any FSE courses.
•Students must register and pay for any FSE course(s) through FTCC.
•For classes to transfer as substitutes, the student must attain a grade of “C” or better.