2020 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
1600 South College St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653

School of Business & Technology
Funeral Science

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About This Program

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Funeral Science degree at Arkansas State University - Mountain Home prepares students to pursue a career as a professional funeral director and embalmer.  For students only interested in Funeral Directing, the technical certificate is needed. 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.

CAUTION: Students applying for admission to the funeral service program should contact their respective state licensing agency regarding that state agency's approval of this particular program of instruction.

A career in funeral service may be a good fit for you if:
  • You are fulfilled by helping people
  • Anatomy and related sciences interest you
  • Community involvement appeals to you
  • You want to work in a business environment, yet experience diversity in your work
  • Make-up and other restorative work interests you
  • Your lifestyle can handle flexible hours
  • Easing the worst days of families’ lives sounds like an honorable calling

Through the use of compressed video, this program can be attended on the campuses of:
  • ASU - Mountain Home
  • ASU - Jonesboro
  • ASU - Beebe
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Classes in the core of the funeral science program are held only on Tuesdays and Thursdays in order to help students maintain lives and jobs while attending school. Commuting is also reduced by making it possible for students to attend these classes at any of the three sites shown above. Instructors are usually teaching from the Mountain Home campus and the classes are connected to the other sites via compressed video. In other words, by using microphones, cameras and video displays, students at any campus can interact with the instructor and other students at any time during class. Instructors also travel to the other sites and teach from there several times each semester. By using this technology and timing, most students in the northern 2/3 of Arkansas and Southern 1/3 of Missouri find it entirely feasible to get their funeral science education from ASUMH. This is especially evident in the employment figures below.

A total of 30 new students are selected each Spring for admission into the Funeral Science program. Students will follow a strict course rotation. Full-time students are required to take 14 - 16 credit hours per semester and are required to take seven credit hours in one summer. To be admitted to the Funeral Science program at ASUMH, students must show completion of 16 credit hours of prerequisite courses (listed in the program handbook) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Additional admission requirements are explained in the Funeral Science Handbook.


FUNERAL SCIENCE - A COMPASSIONATE CAREER CHOICE



LIFE AFTER GRADUATION WITH A FUNERAL SCIENCE DEGREE





Upon earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Science from ASUMH, students will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  • Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  • Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  • Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

The program assesses the achievement of the Learning Outcomes both in courses and in measurements such as licensing exam pass rates and graduation and employment/placement rates.

PROGRAM INFORMATION – ASUMH
Year201820172016
Total Entrolled587885
# of New Students163829
# of New Grads142416
Timely Grads*13/1422/2415/16
Graduation Rate93%92%94%
Did not Finish**3716
Overall % Employed100%91%100%
Employed in FS100%83%88%

*Timely graduation = completed program in 1½ times designated program length.
**Left before completing the program; did not finish.

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – ASUMH
3-Year Average% Pass Arts% Pass Science
2016-201855%60%
2015-201757%66%
2014-201667%71%
Most Recent# Takers# Passed
2018 Arts74
2018 Sciences83

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates 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

Contact Info

Matt Buel
Funeral Science Program Director
870-508-6157
mbuel@asumh.edu
Theressa Walker
Funeral Science Program Coordinator
870-508-6271
twalker@asumh.edu

Leann McGovern
Administrative Specialist I/FUS/Part-time
870-508-6167
lmcgovern@asumh.edu

Skills Learned

Care of the Bereaved
Funeral Directing
Embalming
Basic Business Operations

Job Opportunities In

Funeral Director
Embalmer
$98
Tuition Per Credit Hour
4 Semesters
Program Duration
65
Credit Hours
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Classes You'll Take

Funeral Directing
Management and Merchandising
Embalming
Restorative Art
Psychology and Counseling
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Related Degree Options

Transferable Degrees & Stackable Credentials
Transferrable degrees are programs of study that allow students to complete general education courses. Many students who intend to transfer to another college/university complete these degree programs.
Stackable Credentials are Technical Certificates that might be “stacked” to meet requirements for a higher-level certificate or degree program like an associate's degree.

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An important part of the Leadership Intern program is service to others. Reaching back after you have been through the program and helping a new member of the program is encouraged. Consider the list of ideas below and mark at least two things you would be willing to do.

Statement of Commitment
By signing this form, I agree to the following:
  1. I will enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester.
  2. I will maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. I will attend orientation, retreat, by-monthly meetings with my mentor(s), and any other required activities on the attached required activities list.
  4. I will participate in planning and executing a leadership event.
  5. I will provide feedback to the mentors.
I confirm that all information on my application is accurate and I give the Women’s Leadership Center permission to verify any information included in this application. My signature below represents an awareness of my commitment and responsibilities to my mentor(s) and the Leadership Intern program.

Funeral Science AAS Program Application

Prerequisites
BIOL 1013 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non-Healthcare Majors
OR BOTH
OR
  BIOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab
OR
  BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab
OR
CIS 1053 Computer Essentials
OR
COMM 1203 Oral Communication
OR
ENG 1003 Composition I
OR
OR
ORT 1001 First Year Experience for Funeral Science
OR
Part-time Applicants Only
ENG 1013 Composition II
OR
OR
Admissions decisions made based on mid-term grades will be contingent upon final grades.
Important Disclosures about the Program and the Funeral Service Industry
I understand this program is full-time and requires that I follow a specific course rotation of 14-16 credit hours per semester.
I understand that all Funeral Science Education curriculum course work must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
I understand that students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and will only be allowed to retake courses from which they withdraw or failed in the first semester upon admission to the program.
I understand that students are responsible for any costs associated with the program including field trips and Training Camp.
I understand that when I receive my results for each section of the National Board Examination, I must forward a copy of such results to the program coordinator as a condition of graduation.
I understand that it is my responsibility to know the licensing requirements for any state in which I intend to practice.
I understand that students who have previously been convicted of a crime may be restricted from certain clinical facilities and may be ineligible for some state licenses.
I understand that students who have a physical disability should contact the state in which he/she plans to seek licensure to determine if the disability will affect licensure.
I understand that a current driver’s license is required prior to enrolling in a clinical or practicum course.
I have read and understand the program dismissal policies contained within the Funeral Science Student Handbook.
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