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: 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.

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. demonstrate competency as a funeral director/embalmer, as defined by nationally accepted standards.
  2. explain how the treatment, handling, and disposition of the dead human body meet the sociological, psychological, theological, physical, and legal needs of the family and the community.
  3. apply knowledge of the state and federal laws regulating funeral service practice.
  4. complete successfully both national and state licensing examinations.
  5. practice varieties of funeralization rites and ceremonies, as seen in major religious and ethnic subcultures, fraternal, and military groups in the United States.
  6. counsel families about funerals prior to a death, during the time of the funeral, and continue to assist as long as needed.
  7. demonstrate an active role in the community to provide service and be a community resource to client families.
  8. interpret the role of funeral director as a guardian of public health and the safety measures that must be followed when dealing with dead human remains.
  9. describe the high standards of ethical conduct, which must be adhered to in order to promote the dignity of funeral service.
  10. utilize research to expand knowledge in the field of funeral service.
  11. establish an active role in promoting and attending continuing education programs offered in the profession.

Program of Study

Career General Education
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
ENG 100Career English3
or ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
MTH 108Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)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
Total Credit Hours71
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4Reading Proficiency.
ENG 100
or College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)
MTH 108 Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)3MTH 020 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 3 years.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
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 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)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
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 a minimum grade 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 a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours21
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ACC 100 Applied Accounting3Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
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, FSE 101 with a minimum grade 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 Hours15
Total Credit Hours71

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