Funeral Service (A.A.S.)

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 A.A.S. Major in Funeral Service at Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantaua Pike, Suite 108, Woodberry Heights, New Jersey 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 room 114V or by email at:, or by telephone:  (864) 941-8774.


Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
CHM 106 Contemporary Chemistry I
or higher
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
  Elective Social Science/Behavioral Science 3.0
Subtotal   20.0
FSE 101 Introduction to Funeral Service 2.0
FSE 165 Sociology of Funeral Services 2.0
FSE 205 Funeral Counseling 4.0
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 4.0
FSE 215 Funeral Services Directing 3.0
FSE 216 Funeral Directing II 3.0
FSE 220 Regulatory Compliance 3.0
FSE 225 Principles of Embalming I 2.0
FSE 226 Principles of Embalming II 2.0
FSE 240 Restorative Arts I 2.0
FSE 241 Restorative Arts II 2.0
FSE 300 National Board Preparations 2.0
Subtotal 36.0
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
Subtotal   12.0
Total Credit Hours   68.0

Updated 3/31/2017


Additional Program Information

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 programs scores and rates, go to room 114V or by email at: or telephone; (864) 941-8774.

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:

  1. Students must complete all of their required classes with a "C" or better. Students may repeat a specific Funeral Service Education course one time to achieve a grade of "C" or better. Students who need to repeat a Funeral Service Education course are required to submit an appeal to the Funeral Service Education Department.
  2. Students must have acceptable health status that allows required performance within the practicum or clinical environment. Students must inform the Funeral Service Education program of any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with completion of the embalming practicum class.
  3. All students are encouraged to take the National Board Exam after graduating.
  4. All potential students will have to meet with a Funeral Service Education faculty member prior to entering into the Funeral Service Education program.
  5. All potential students must submit two professional letters of recommendation before enrolling in their first Funeral Service Education course.
  6. If the student plans on working in South Carolina, they are allowed to complete their two year apprenticeship concurrently while attending Piedmont Technical College.
  7. Students must obtain a Student Permit from the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service prior to enrolling in the Funeral Service Education program. Failure to obtain the Student Permit will limit your ability to complete certain classes within the program.
  8. All academic transcripts must be submitted to Student Records prior to starting the FSE curriculum.
  9. Students will be required to pay a lab fee for each semester they are on campus.
  10. Students will be required to conform to a dress code. All students must purchase designated shirts and wear approved matching khaki style pants/skirts.
  11. The SC Board of Funeral Service may refuse to issue or renew a license or student license to an individual with a conviction of a felony or a crime involving fraud or moral turpitude.
  12. All students must have a valid driver's license to be accepted into the Funeral Service program.

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.


General Aims and Objectives of Funeral Service

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:


  • members of a human services profession;
  • members of the community in which they serve;
  • participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice as well as
  • professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.


  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble above.
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  • To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction.
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Health Requirements:

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.

Transportation to Practicum Sites:

Each student is responsible for transportation to and from any practicum or clinical sites.

Attendance Requirements:

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.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and research the background information about  the funeral service profession
  2. Identify, practice and apply skills in every phase of the funeral service profession
  3. Application of knowledge; communicate effectively in oral and written grammar the responsibilities of the funeral service professionals to the community at large
  4. Interpret and apply numerical, graphical and pictorial data to aid in daily calculations needed in funeral service professions
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use technology to research the field of funeral services

Updated 5/24/2011


Advisement Information

Program Notes

  • If a student is not ready to take college-level courses, he or she should enroll in the appropriate developmental or transitional coursework.  All of these prerequisite courses may not be available online.
  • Excellent reading comprehension, communication and critical thinking skills are vital for program success and for passing National or State Examining Board licensing exams.
  • FSE students must complete all General Education and FSE courses with grades of “C” or better. Students may repeat FSE courses one time to achieve a grade of “C" or better.
  • All transfer courses from another mortuary college will need to be approved by the PTC Funeral Service Education department.
  • Students must come to the campus to meet the faculty and tour the facilities before starting their first FSE coursework.
  • Students will not be registered into any FSE courses within 10 business days of the start of any semester, unless all their paperwork is complete.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.
  • The math course required for this program is MAT 102.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102.
  • Information about CPT 101: CPT 101 will use Office 2016.  CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101.  The CPT 101 access code is good for six months.  RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.
  • FSE courses are scheduled in the late mornings and afternoons and generally meet only two days per week.  During the last three semesters, FSE classes will run either on a Monday, Tuesday or a Wednesday, Thursday schedule. Students must meet their health requirements before entering into these classes.  

Semester-by-semester graduation plan


  • Contact Funeral Services Department Head David Martin or Dedrick Gantt for more information about the Funeral Services degree.
  • You may also contact Nancy Wilke for information about this program.
  • Please email if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.