Funeral Service Education, Associate in Applied Science

Forest Park

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Education at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park prepares students for any entry level position as a funeral director and embalmer in a funeral home.  The program is accredited by: American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike , Suite 108 Woodbury Heights NJ 08097 816-233-3747. National Board Examination scores, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to the Funeral Service Education program office, Forest Park campus, Room E-411, or by email at, or by telephone, 314-644-9327.

Please check the college website for student learning outcomes and additional updates and information regarding the accreditation status of the program.

Prerequisites: Prior to applying for admission to the Funeral Service Education program, the student must submit a program application, three professional character references, a written personal narrative and complete a minimum of 40 hours of documented job shadowing which has been completed and verified under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and which must also occur in an unaffiliated and licensed funeral service establishment. In addition, the student is required to meet with the program director and/or other Funeral Service Education faculty for a personal interview.

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Program of Study

Career General Education
BIO 111Introductory Biology I4
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I
MTH 108Elementary Applied Mathematics3
PSY 200General Psychology3
XXX xxxMissouri State Requirement3
IS 116Computer Literacy3
COM 101Oral Communication I3
ACC 100Applied Accounting3
Program Requirements
FSE 101History and Sociology of Funeral Service3
BIO 103Problems in Anatomy3
FSE 102Dynamics of Grief Management3
FSE 103Funeral Directing3
FSE 104Funeral Directing Practicum2
FSE 105Funeral Directing Practicum II2
FSE 106Mortuary Law and Ethics3
FSE 107Funeral Service Merchandising2
FSE 201Funeral Home Management3
FSE 210Embalming3
FSE 203Embalming Practicum I2
FSE 205Embalming Practicum II2
FSE 206Restorative Art4
FSE 211Microbiology for Funeral Service3
FSE 209Pathology for Funeral Service3
FSE 208Funeral Service Seminar3
FSE 108Embalming Chemistry2
Total Credit Hours71