About This Program
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
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 maximum of 20 new students are selected each Spring for admission into the Funeral Science program. Students will follow a strict course rotation.
Candidates for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Funeral Science degree must meet the following requirements:
1. Admission to ASUMH
2. Pre-requisite courses (Listed Below) in progress during the application period with a grade of "C" or higher and a cumulative grade point average(CGPA) of 3.0 on application deadline; conditional admission may be granted pending successful course completion with a final grade of "C" orhigher and a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
- BIOL 1013 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non- Healthcare Majors OR BIOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab AND BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab
- CIS 1053 Computer Essentials
- COMM 1203 Oral Communication
- ENG 1003 Composition I
- MATH 1113 Applied Math or higher level math
- ORT O1001 First Year Experience for Funeral Science
4. A minimum CGPA of 2.0 in all college courses attempted.
5. Submit the online Funeral Science program application located at www.funeralscience.com and all required supplemental materials by posted due dates
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.
Funeral Science Director
Funeral Science Instructor
Funeral Science Program Coordinator
Funeral Science Program Frequently Asked Questions
Funeral Science Handbook
Program Book List