Funeral Service Education

"Show me the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for law of the land and their loyalty to high ideals."  William Gladstone

The Mandatory Distance Learning Orientation will be held on August 14, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. SHARP in the Harold Martin Building on the Jefferson Campus. All prospective students should contact Venus N.R. Smith at (205) 856-7841 or (205) 856-7852 to receive a letter about the orientation. Any student failing to attend the mandatory distance learning orientation will not be admitted to the Funeral Service Education Program during the fall 2014 semester. Please note: You may receive a letter from Jefferson State’s Enrollment Services regarding orientation for the college, please disregard and attend this registration for the FSE Program, same information will be given. This orientation is ONLY for students ready to enter the Funeral Service Education Program and students interested in taking the online option (Distance Education/Learning). Students interested in taking traditional classes (2 days a week) should contact the Funeral Service Education office to schedule an appointment.

This program is designed for students who are full-time employees of a funeral home. Program brochure. The Funeral Service Education Program is based upon the concept of cooperative education. It is designed for those who have a state board sanctioned apprenticeship and who are actively seeking to satisfy their particular state licensing requirements. Students must complete an apprenticeship specified by the state in which they expect to practice before they will be eligible for licensure.

The Funeral Service Education program at Jefferson State Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).

The students are given a broad understanding of funeral home operation, funeral directing, public health and embalming along with a foundation in communication skills, social science and applied science. The accreditation of the Funeral Service Education Program by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Inc. qualifies graduates to take the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards exams as well as any of the state board examinations. (www.theconferenceonline.org)