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

School of Business & Technology
Funeral Directing

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About This Program

The Funeral Directing technical certificate program is designed to allow students the option to serve as funeral directors without the embalming portion of the curriculum. The courses in the Technical Certificate will also meet the prerequisites for the Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Science. The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) does not accredit this certificate since it does not include embalming. Therefore, students completing this certificate will not be eligible to sit for the National Board Exam or any other state board exam. However, students may be employed by funeral homes as funeral directors. According to the ABFSE, “This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.”
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 five 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.

FUNERAL SCIENCE - A COMPASSIONATE CAREER CHOICE



LIFE AFTER GRADUATION WITH A FUNERAL SCIENCE DEGREE

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

Job Opportunities In

Funeral Director
$98
Tuition Per Credit Hour
2 Semesters
Program Duration
31
Credit Hours
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Classes You'll Take

Funeral Directing
Management and Merchandising
Psychology and Counseling
Comparative Religions
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Faculty will be delivering all coursework online through the remainder of the summer.  The Tech Center has a new, improved WiFi service in the parking lot, thanks to Yelcot Communications. Students are encouraged to use this lot instead of the main campus parking lots when completing assignments. 

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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
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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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