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Funeral Science


The A.A.S. in Funeral Science is a two-year degree that offers the theoretical and practical application of funeral service education.  The aims of the program are to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;  educate students in every phase of funeral service;  help students develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession;  educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;  emphasize higher standards of ethical conduct;  provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;  and to encourage research in the field of funeral service.  Students are prepared for entry into the profession after graduation.  The Funeral Science degree program at Arkansas State University - Mountain Home is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816)233-3747.  Web:www.abfse.org


Through the use of compressed video, this program can be attended on the campuses of:

NWACC in Bentonville

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus 

ASU - Mountain Home

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ASU - Jonesboro
ASU - Beebe

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The Funeral Science Program has the following objectives:
  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
         (a) To provide a basic understanding of human behavior and care of the bereaved
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined by the industry and the American Board of Funeral Science Education (ABFSE)
         (a) To prepare students for immediate employment as funeral directors and embalmers
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large
         (a) To assist funeral science students to realize their professional responsibilities to the community
         (b) To promote the understanding of personal and public health and regulatory standards
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct
         (a) To instill high ethical, professional, and technical standards
         (b) To develop a reverence for the deceased, showing proper dignity, sympathy, competence, and confidence in their skills 
  5. To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service
PROGRAM INFORMATION – ASU Mountain Home
Year201620152014
Total enrolled 85 73 n/a
# of New Students 29 30 n/a
# of Grads 16 8 n/a
Timely Grad* 15/16 7/8 n/a
Graduation rate 94% 88% n/a
Did not finish** 16 2 n/a
Overall % Employed 100% 88% n/a
Employed In FS 88% 88% n/a
 * Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length. 
** Left before completing the program; did not finish.

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – ASU Mountain Home

3 year Average% Pass Arts% Pass Sciences
2016 - 2014 67% 71%
2015 - 2013 68% 66%
2014 - 2012 n/a n/a
Most recent# Takers# Passed
2016 Arts 14 9
2016 Sciences 12 10

 National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015) for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s pass rates and rates, go to M102 McClean Hall, 1600 S. College, Mountain Home, AR 72653 or by e-mail contact mbuel@asumh.edu or by telephone: 870.508.6157


Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Science (AAS)

The A.A.S. in Funeral Science is a two-year degree that offers the theoretical and practical application of funeral service education. The aims of the program are to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession; educate students in every phase of funeral service; help students develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession; educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large; emphasize higher standards of ethical conduct; provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; and to encourage research in the field of funeral service. Students are prepared for entry into the profession after graduation.

Contact Information
Matt, Buel
508-6157
mbuel@asumh.edu

 

Technical Certificate in Funeral Directing (TC)

This program is designed to help students seeking employment in a funeral home and as they prepare for their state’s funeral director licensing exam. Skills taught for this certificate should help students become valuable employees and apprentices as they work toward their desired license(s). All 31 credit hours from this Technical Certificate are part of the A.A.S. in Funeral Science 65-credit-hour degree and can be applied to that degree, if so desired. Embalming, however, is not part of the technical certificate curriculum. Completion of this Technical Certificate will not make a student eligible to sit for the National Board Exam. Students pursuing this certificate should contact their respective state boards of funeral service regarding that state board’s regulations for any other state board exam. This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education(ABFSE) - the ABFSE does not accredit technical certificates. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ASFSE accredited program is required.

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Contact Information
Matt, Buel
508-6157
mbuel@asumh.edu

 

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