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.

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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 Arrangers

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2020 Employment

1,740

2030

1,800

Percent Change

3

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 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), 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 Summary

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

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Composition- Core
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- Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing POS 2041 or POS 2041H or AMH 2020 or AMH 2020H will satisfy the course component of the Civic Literacy Requirement.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Humanities and Fine Arts-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Mathematics-Core
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 Computer/Information Literacy Competency
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. No minimum credits required.
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.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Civic Literacy
Competency may be demonstrated by completing at least one course from the approved General Education Civic Literacy coursework below (minimum grade of "C" required) AND satisfactory completion of an assessment (exam). This requirement is in compliance with Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code.
SUPPORT COURSES Financial Accounting (Select 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSES: Anatomy & Physiology Complete 4 credits
Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Natural Science Core requirement for this AS degree.
SUPPORT COURSES Complete 5 credits
MAJOR CORE COURSES 4th Term in Program (Complete 3 credits)

2 All courses must be completed prior to FSE 2946.

Total Credits:
72
Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information
Kevin Davis
Program Administrator and Curriculum Coordinator
davis.kevin@spcollege.edu
727.341.3781
For Academic Advising and Program Admissions Information
please contact:
Healthadvising@spcollege.edu

Florida CIP Code

1312030100: ()

Federal CIP Code

12.0301: Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General.

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

ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE - FUNERAL SERVICES PROGRAM
7200 N. 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Kevin Davis, Program Director
Phone: (727) 341-3781
Email: davis.kevin@spcollege.edu
FAX: (727) 444-6625
Web: www.spcollege.edu/funeral
Accredited Degree Offered: Associate in Science
Distance Education - YES

PROGRAM INFORMATION – St. Petersburg 

Year Total
Enrolled
# of New
Students
# of
Grads
Timely
Grad*
Graduation
rate
Did not
finish**
Overall %
Employed
Employed
In FS
2020 125 49 35 15/35 42% 9 91% 94%
2019 120 51 28 18/28 64% 9 93% 93%
2018 110 51 14 10/14 71% 7 93% 93%
2017 99 31 29 13/29 45% 8 86% 86%

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS - St. Petersburg

Single Year School Pass Rate National Pass Rate Single Year School Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2020 Arts 90% 73% Sciences 81% 64%
2019 Arts 88% 72% Sciences 76% 63%
2018 Arts 86% 77% Sciences 69% 71%

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – St. Petersburg 

3 year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2017 - 2019 83% 79%
2016 - 2018 79% 81%
2015 - 2017 81% 84%
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2019 Arts 26 23
2019 Sciences 21 16
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.

2019 NBE and Distance Ed comparison

Total # Grads # DE Grads Program # DE NBE Takers Arts Take Arts Pass Arts % Sciences Take Sciences Pass Sciences %
28 28 St. Petersburg College 20 18 17 94% 14 12 86%

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

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.


BEGIN PROGRAM APPLICATION

Please answer the following questions to apply to our Funeral Services A.S. Degree program.

I am

New student at SPC

Returning to SPC

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be posted and evaluated by the application deadline.

Cumulative GPA

College level Reading, Writing, and Math

Program Admission Questions

Funeral Services Technical Standards

Complete the following Pre-Entry courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA: FSE 1000, FSE 2061, BSC 2085 BSC 2085L, ACG 2021

Complete all General Education, Support, and Pre-Entry Courses from the Funeral Services Curriculum with a cumulative minimum 2.0 GPA.

SPC Application

You will need to complete the SPC Application and pay the non-refundable fee.

Readmission Steps

You will need to complete the readmission steps.

Official Transcripts Required

Please submit official, unopened (sealed) high school transcripts or GED transcripts as well as those from all regionally-accredited college(s) and universities currently or previously attended. If you completed an A.A.S. degree or higher at a regionally-accredited institution, we won't need your high school transcripts. Learn more about transcripts.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

You will need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all postsecondary coursework for admission. Please review the admission guide and reach out to your academic advisor.

College Level Reading, Writing, and Math Requirement

This health program requires students to be at college level in Reading, Writing, and Math. Please see your academic advisor for additional details.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the Funeral Services Technical Standards (Essential Functions).

Program Admission Requirements

Students must complete the following Pre-Entry courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA: FSE 1000, FSE 2061, BSC 2085 BSC 2085L, ACG 2021.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must complete all General Education, Support, and Pre-Entry Courses from the Funeral Services Curriculum with a cumulative minimum 2.0 GPA.

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Fall: August March 1 - May 15 May 16 - June 30 July 1
Spring: January July 1 - Sept. 15 Sept. 16 - Oct. 31 Nov. 1