The Funeral Service Education curriculum provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in basic funeral service skills.
In addition to the general education courses offered in the curriculum, technical courses such as human anatomy, embalming theory and practice, embalming chemistry, restorative arts, funeral law, and funeral home operations are taught.
Points of Pride
Faculty composed of licensed funeral professionals
Majority of the coursework can be completed online
Only program of its kind in North Carolina
What to Expect:
The Funeral Service degree program at Fayetteville Technical Community College is accredited by:
American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
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Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
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Program Accredited by ABFSE: Associate of Applied Science – Funeral Service Education
Initial Accreditation 1973 / Last comprehensive review 2016 / Next comprehensive review 2023
Re-accreditation: April 2017 for period of 7 years with no stipulations
Most recent Accreditation decision: April 2019 – program returned to good standing (removed from probation status)
The Funeral Service Education curriculum provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in basic funeral service skills. In addition to the general education courses offered in the curriculum, technical courses such as human anatomy, embalming theory and practice, embalming chemistry, restorative arts, funeral law, and funeral home operations are taught.
Graduates of the curriculum, upon passing the state or national exam and completing an internship in a funeral home, will be qualified for employment as embalmers and/or funeral directors.
Aims & Objectives
The Funeral Service Education program at Fayetteville Technical Community College has as its central aim recognition of 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 funeral service,
- Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where the practice is), as well as,
- Professionals sensitive to the responsibility of public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.
The program also has the following objectives:
- To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
- To educate students in every phase of funeral service to help enable them to develop the proficiency necessary for the profession, as defined in the 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
Additional Information & Resources
Schools for teaching mortuary science which are approved by the Board (NC Board of Funeral Service) shall have extended to them the same privileges as to the use of bodies for dissecting while teaching as those granted in this State to medical colleges, but such bodies shall be obtained through the same agencies which provide bodies for medical colleges. NCGS 90-210.23g
The funeral service program utilizes human remains as part of the clinical instruction in areas of embalming and restorative art.
How to Make a Donation
If you are interested in the donation program, bequeathal documents may be submitted on a pre-arrangement basis. Please complete the authorization and biographical forms, make copies for your records, fax the forms to 910.678.0169, and mail the originals to:
Funeral Service Department, FTCC
PO Box 35236
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Stipulations for Acceptance
- No infections should be present at the time of death.
- Weight of the deceased should be no greater than 250 lbs.
- The deceased should have been refrigerated shortly following the death.
- Prearranged donations are accepted at any time, but classes should be in session. Contact should be made with the directors in order to accept non-prearranged anatomical donations.
Contact Shawna Rodabaugh at 910.678.7373 or email@example.com. After hours – 248.459.3352
Funeral Service Education (A55260)
Program Length: 6 Semesters
Prerequisite: High School Diploma & Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Associate in Applied Science