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The Funeral Service Education program provides the educational foundation needed to seek a South Carolina or other state licensure, both as a funeral director and an embalmer. It is highly recommended that a student pursuing the Funeral Service Associate degree is currently working in a funeral home or has done so in the past. Preferably that student is currently in or has completed his or her apprenticeship.
The Funeral Service Education degree program at Piedmont Technical 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 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 room 114V or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: (864) 941-8774.
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3.0|
|MAT 155||Contemporary Mathematics||3.0|
|SPC 205||Public Speaking||3.0|
|Elective Humanities/Fine Arts||3.0|
|Elective Social Science/Behavioral Science||3.0|
|REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS|
|FSE 101||Introduction to Funeral Service||2.0|
|FSE 112||Anatomy and Physiology for Funeral Service||3.0|
|FSE 165||Sociology of Funeral Services||2.0|
|FSE 205||Funeral Counseling||3.0|
|FSE 210||Funeral Service Management and Merchandising I||3.0|
|FSE 211||Funeral Service Management and Merchandising II||2.0|
|FSE 213||Microbiology/Pathology for Funeral Service||3.0|
|FSE 215||Funeral Services Directing I||3.0|
|FSE 216||Funeral Services Directing II||2.0|
|FSE 220||Regulatory Compliance||3.0|
|FSE 225||Principles of Embalming I||3.0|
|FSE 226||Principles of Embalming II||3.0|
|FSE 240||Restorative Art I||3.0|
|FSE 241||Restorative Art II||3.0|
|FSE 300||Board Preparations||2.0|
|OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION|
|AHS 102||Medical Terminology||3.0|
|ACC 101||Accounting Principles I||3.0|
|CPT 101||Introduction to Computers||3.0|
|MGT 120||Small Business Management||3.0|
|Total Credit Hours||67.0|
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 programs scores and rates, go to room 114V or by email at: email@example.com or telephone; (864) 941-8774.
|Year||Total Enrolled||# of New Students||# of Grads||Timely Grad*||Graduation Rate||Did Not Finish**||Overall % Employed||Employed in FS|
|NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS|
|3-Year Average||% Pass Arts||% Pass Sciences|
|Most Recent||# Takers||# Passed|
Candidates for the associate degree or the certificate in Funeral Service Education must meet the requirements for graduation of the college. In addition, students enrolled in the Funeral Service Education program leading to the associate degree or the certificate must progress in meeting the requirements of their program according to the following policy:
In accordance with the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service, an individual must be at least 18 years old; have a high school diploma or the equivalent; have completed at least a 60-credit program of study with an accredited school and approved by the board (with a full associate degree required for an embalmer); have completed two years of approved apprenticeship; not have been convicted of a violent crime, felony or crime of moral turpitude; and have successfully passed the South Carolina and National Examining Board licensing examinations for embalming and/or funeral directing.
All graduates are asked to complete the Graduate Survey.
Employers are asked to complete the Employer Survey.
In accordance with the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Piedmont Technical College and the Funeral Service Education program aims and objectives recognize the importance of Funeral Service Education personnel as:
Students enrolled in Funeral Service Education courses are required to provide evidence of annual tuberculosis screenings and evidence of vaccination against tetanus within the last 10 years. Students shall have on file prior to entry into the practicum courses or clinical work, one or more of the following: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) immunization record or antibody titer showing a positive antigen response to HBV. Students are not eligible to participate in the practicum or clinical works until this information
is completed and on file.
Each student is responsible for transportation to and from any practicum or clinical sites.
The Funeral Service Education program adheres to the college's attendance policy. In addition, students are expected to attend all practicum activities. Make-up time for missed practicum experiences will be determined at the discretion of the faculty and availability of practicum facilities. Faculty may require withdrawal of any student who has missed sufficient practice to prevent completion of the practicum objectives.
The purpose of the Funeral Service Degree is to educate and prepare individuals not only to contribute to the funeral service profession, but also the community in which they serve. We strive to give students the knowledge, principles, and skills which are essential to become a funeral director and embalmer.
Starting with the Fall 2019 cohort, Associate Degree students must complete a competitive secondary application process to proceed to the FSE coursework. Call (864) 941-8774 for full details.
Advisement Information updated/reviewed 10/31/2018.