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As the only program of its kind in South Carolina, and one of only a handful of public college programs in mortuary science in the United States, Piedmont Technical College’s ABFSE-accredited Funeral Service Education program is well equipped to prepare students for a rewarding career in the Funeral Service and Mortuary Industry.
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This program will also train you to enter a field that continues to be in demand. Job availability for funeral service graduates is expected to increase over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, employment in this field is projected to increase by 4% through 2026. Recent graduates from our program have found work throughout the Southeast.
The Funeral Service associate degree program has special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework.
A career in funeral service offers an opportunity to serve the community, as well as to help others in their greatest time of need. There is always a demand for professionals trained in this field, regardless of economic conditions. A career in funeral service can be demanding, but the rewards and personal fulfillment that come from helping families cope with their grief make the job worthwhile.
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Recent graduates have found work at:
The Funeral Service Education program at Piedmont Technical College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and two certificates. The A.A.S. offers students the educational foundation needed to seek licensure in South Carolina or in another state, both as a funeral director and an embalmer. Candidates for the associate degree or the certificate must meet the requirements for graduation of the college and program-specific requirements. The certificate programs were developed for students who are interested in becoming licensed funeral directors or embalmers in South Carolina.
Our program features state-of-the-art technology for embalming, cremation and restorative art. The cutting-edge equipment available to students provides hands-on experience.
Because many funeral service students at PTC already hold bachelor’s degrees and are attending classes while working full-time, we know it’s important to offer classes that can accommodate a busy life. Our classes are scheduled two days a week to increase your flexibility as you complete your degree. For funeral service professionals, we offer distance learning opportunities for continuing education.
Freshmen attend classes Mondays and Tuesdays, while upper classmen have class Wednesdays and Thursdays. Classes generally run from 1pm to 6pm both days.
All of the general education requirements for the associate degree are available online.
Students in the program learn the profession in a facility featuring state-of-the-art technology for embalming, cremation and restorative art.
The funeral service facility features a fully functional, custom designed Duncan Stuart Todd embalming lab that exceeds industry standards and includes the same cutting edge equipment found in modern funeral homes.
The restorative art laboratory offers students hands-on experience in facial reconstruction and restoration for proper viewing. Laboratories featuring sophisticated modeling equipment and instruments are conducted by experienced licensed instructors.
The program is also equipped with a B & L pet crematorium—the first of its kind in any mortuary science program in the country. This facility offers student students hands-on experience with the preparation of bodies.
The Funeral Service associate degree is a limited enrollment program that has special admissions requirements. These requirements must be completed before you can be accepted.
If you are a new student, there are three key steps to complete before entering the Funeral Service associate degree program:
Before applying for program entry, be sure you meet the requirements for acceptance. Start by connecting with an advisor and review program requirements.
We've also provided the resources below to assist you with the program acceptance process.
Fact Sheets are designed for students and advisors to review program-specific requirements and program application procedures. Please make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic goals and progress, and to develop your individualized degree plan.
The application worksheet is used to calculate points toward merit/competitive program entry.
Our semester-by-semester graduation plans will show you when required courses in your major are offered. Following this plan will help you stay on track and graduate on time.
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to become program ready, it’s time to apply to the program.
Applications are accepted for entry into the Funeral Service program on the following schedule
Program applications must be submitted during the scheduled dates for this program to be considered.
Note: If you haven't already done so, you must apply to the college before completing the Funeral Service program application.