Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Funeral Services Education

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Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title:  

A.A.S. Degree in    Funeral Service Education

CIP Code:   12.0301

SOC Code:   39.4031


Program Description:   The Funeral Service Education program, upon completion, will prepare students to enter and be successful in the career field of Funeral Services as well as complete and pass both parts of the National Board Examination (NBE) to certify their Funeral Service training.  

Program Outcomes:  

  1. Pass the National Board Examination (NBE)
  2. Become certified to become a Funeral Service Director.
  3. Conduct and complete the embalming process.

Professional Accrediting Body: American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

State Agency/Entity Oversight: Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)

Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: If applicable

Student should be able, after completing the program, to take and successfully pass both sections of the National Board Examination (NBE).  

Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT):  Currently, there are no courses within TCAT that articulate with the funeral service education program.


General Education Requirements*

Course Rubric   Course Title  15 SCH (minimum)
ENGL 1010     English Composition I   3
MATH 1010 Math for General Education 3
PSYC 1030 General Psychology     3
BIOL 1010   Introduction to Biology     4
SPCH 1010 Fundamental of Speech Communications     3
Humanities/Arts  Student choice     3
  Total:   19

*All General Education Courses must be chosen from a campus-approved list.

Additional Approved Courses

(This list includes the courses identified in the previous section for the Professional Core Course Requirements, i.e., Major Field Core, followed by ALL other courses from which TBR institutions can choose to develop this same program, but with appropriate flexibility to address local and regional workforce needs or unique concerns of an institution.  If a certificate program is embedded within this degree, all courses required for the certificate will have to be included in this Library.)

(Rubrics are assigned with 4 alpha letters and 4 digits.  The first digit is assigned based upon the course level (1st year or 2nd year).  The second digit is the number of semester credit hours (SCH) assigned to the course.  The last two digits are to be used for course sequencing.)
Note:  Courses that may be used for special needs, but not required for the degree should also be considered in this section.  However, an asterisk (*) may be used to identify the unique need, such as, but not limited to, a bridge or transition course to validate competencies from work experience or from the TCATS.

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