Explore SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree

With our Funeral Services A.S. Degree, you gain the technical expertise and communication skills to become a licensed funeral director or embalmer or registered direct disposer in the state of Florida.

Licensing

To become a licensed funeral director and/or embalmer in Florida, you must pass the written National Board Examination, complete a one-year internship under the direction of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and pass the Florida board exam on rules and regulations.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

1,710

2026

1,790

Percent Change

5

Projected Job Openings

220

Features of SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree

  • Can be completed in as little as 18 months
  • Prepares you for quick entry into a career
  • Gives you hands-on experience
  • All classes in this program can be taken online except for three lab classes in Restorative Art and Embalming, which you take at the Health Education Center.

What you Learn in SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree

  • Embalming and restorative techniques
  • Standards of professional and ethical conduct
  • Health, safety and legal requirements

Funeral Services Associate in Science

FUNSE-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Kevin Davis
Program Administrator and Curriculum Coordinator
(727) 341-3781
davis.kevin@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

Transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1312030100:

Federal CIP Code

12.0301: Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Funeral Director
  • Embalmer
  • Cemeterian
  • Cremationist
  • Pre-arrangement Counselor

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Financial Accounting (Select 3 credits)

ACG 2001 Applied Financial Accounting I 3
ACG 2021 Financial Accounting 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 credit)

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
CGS 1070 Basic Computer and Information Literacy 1
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
CGS 1309 Computer and Information Technology Concepts 3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
MUM 1001 Apple Macintosh Foundations 1

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 8 credits

1 BSC 1083 Human Anatomy 3
BUL 2241 Business Law I 3
HSC 1524 Introduction to Infectious Disease 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program (Complete 15 credits)

FSE 1000 Introduction to Funeral Services 3
FSE 1204 Funeral Services Computer Applications 1
FSE 2061 Thanatology 3
FSE 2202 Funeral Home Management 3
FSE 2060 Funeral Directing 3
FSE 1150 Cremation History, Principles and Practice 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

FSE 1105 Thanatochemistry 2
FSE 2080 Funeral Law 3
FSE 2100 Embalming I 3
FSE 2101L Embalming Clinical I 1
FSE 2201 Funeral Home Management Operations 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

FSE 2120 Restorative Art 3
FSE 2120L Restorative Art Lab 1
FSE 2160 Funeral Pathology 3
FSE 2140 Embalming II 3
FSE 2141L Embalming Clinical II 1
FSE 2930 Funeral Services Professional Review 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 3 credits)

2 FSE 2946C Professional Practicum 3

1 BSC 1084C (4 credits) or BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L (8 credits) may be substituted for BSC 1083.
2 All courses must be completed prior to FSE 2946.

Total Credits 72

Important Information

Program Accreditation and National Pass Rates

The Funeral Services degree program at St. Petersburg College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ  08097,  (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org.

National Board Examinations 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 scores and rates, go to Health Education Center room 154 or email davis.kevin@spcollege.edu, or by telephone 727-341-3781.

PROGRAM INFORMATION – St. Petersburg 

YearTotal
Enrolled
# of New
Students
# of
Grads
Timely
Grad*
Graduation
rate
Did not
finish**
Overall %
Employed
Employed
In FS
2018 110 51 14 10/14 71% 7 93% 93%
2017 99 31 29 13/29 45% 8 86% 86%
2016 92 39 27 15/27 55% 8 93% 89%

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

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – St. Petersburg 

3 year Average% Pass Arts% Pass Sciences
2016 - 2018 79% 81%
2015 - 2017 81% 84%
2014 - 2016 84% 86%
Most recent# Takers# Passed
2018 Arts 14 12
2018 Sciences 13 9
Accreditation
Program Accredited by ABFSE: Associate in Science - Funeral Services
Initial Accreditation 1994/Last comprehensive review 2015/Next comprehensive review 2022
Re-accreditation:
October 2015 for period of 7 years
Most recent Accreditation decision: Re-accredit October 2015 with commendation for organization of Self study and leadership in area of distance learning.

CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION

SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

Funeral Services A.S. Degree