Embalmer's Certificate

This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination, or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

This certificate is designed for individuals working in South Carolina. If you live in another state, please check with your state funeral board to see if this certificate will meet their requirements.

In order to complete the Embalmer’s Certificate, you must provide proof that you are currently working at a funeral home. Your practicum portion will be completed under the direct supervision of the licensed embalmer at the funeral home. Therefore, we must have confirmation from the owner/manager granting you permission to complete your ten (10) practicum cases at the location.

If your practicum is conducted in South Carolina, a student embalmer’s permit from the SC LLR Funeral Board is required. Contact the FSE department for full details and start times.

Required Courses

REQUIRED COURSE INFORMATION  
Courses   Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
FSE 112 Anatomy and Physiology for Funeral Service 3.0
FSE 213 Microbiology and Pathology for Funeral Service 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
     
Subtotal   21.0
Total Credit Hours 21.0

 

Advisement Information

Program Notes

  • This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board examination, or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.
     
  • The courses in this program will prepare students to take the SC Embalmer's Exam. Other states may accept this certificate. Potential students should check with the state where they're interested in working before enrolling. 
     
  • If placement test scores determine that 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 any 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 will not be registered into any FSE courses within 10 business days of the start of any semester, unless all their paperwork is complete.
     
  • Students must be actively working in a funeral home in order to complete their required ten embalming cases at that funeral home location.  Students must also have completed their apprenticeship, or be in the process of completing their apprenticeship, in order to take the South Carolina Embalmer's Exam.  For full information, call (864) 941-8774.

2018-2019, 2019-2020 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Embalmer's Certificate (FSE6) - Fall Start
Embalmer's Certificate (FSE6) - Spring Start

Contacts

  • Contact Dedrick Gantt for more information about the Funeral Service Certificate.
     
  • You may also contact Nancy Wilkie for information about this program.  
     
  • Please email advising@ptc.edu if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advisement information updated/reviewed 7/31/2018.