Funeral Service Education, Associate in Applied Science

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 Funeral Service degree program at St. Louis Community 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.absfe.org. National Board Examination scores, 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 the Funeral Service Education program office, Forest Park campus, Room E-411, or by email at dcoughran@stlcc.edu, or by telephone, 314-644-9327.

Please check the college website https://www.stlcc.edu/programs-academics/pathways/human-studies/funeral-services-education.aspx 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.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  2. identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  3. interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  4. apply principles of public health and safety in handling and preparation of human remains.
  5. demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  6. demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  7. describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  8. describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  9. explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  10. demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

Program of Study

General Education
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
MTH 108Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)3
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
IS 116Computer Literacy3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
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
FSE 212Embalming II3
Total Credit Hours74

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
MTH 108 Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)3Reading Proficiency
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
FSE 101 History and Sociology of Funeral Service3Admission to AAS/FSE program and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 103 Problems in Anatomy3BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
IS 116 Computer Literacy3Reading Proficiency
FSE 102 Dynamics of Grief Management3Reading Proficiency
FSE 103 Funeral Directing3Reading Proficiency
FSE 104 Funeral Directing Practicum2Reading Proficiency
FSE 108 Embalming Chemistry2FSE 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours19
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Concurrent enrollment in ENG 070 or Reading Proficiency
FSE 105 Funeral Directing Practicum II2FSE 103 and FSE 104 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
FSE 106 Mortuary Law and Ethics3Reading Proficiency
FSE 107 Funeral Service Merchandising2Reading Proficiency
FSE 201 Funeral Home Management3Reading Proficiency
FSE 210 Embalming3BIO 103 and FSE 101 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
FSE 203 Embalming Practicum I2BIO 103 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
FSE 211 Microbiology for Funeral Service3BIO 111 and FSE 101 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours21
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ACC 100 Applied Accounting3Reading ProficiencyApply for graduation
FSE 212 Embalming II3FSE 210 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
FSE 205 Embalming Practicum II2FSE 210 and FSE 203, both with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
FSE 206 Restorative Art4FSE 210 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
FSE 209 Pathology for Funeral Service3Admission to AAS/FSE program, BIO 103, FSE 210, and FSE 101 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
FSE 208 Funeral Service Seminar3Approval of AAS/FSE Program Director, eligibility for completion of and graduation from the AAS/FSE program and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours18
Total Credit Hours74

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