Funeral Services Technology
East Mississippi Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, telephone number 404-679-4500 to award an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service Technology.
The Funeral Service Technology program at East Mississippi Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506, telephone (816) 233-3747. (www.abfse.org) The curriculum is a two-year program of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The graduate, with successful achievement on the National Board Examination and/or State Board examination and completion of one-year apprenticeship, is qualified to practice as a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in the State of Mississippi. The graduate, with successful achievement on the National Board Examination, may become eligible for licensure in other states contingent upon completion of the particular requirements of each.
Students who are employed with a funeral home establishment or work at another job may be able to utilize the Block Class Schedule in order to permit them to attend classes and continue working. The Block Class Schedule allows a full-time student who enrolls in the Fall Semester to attend classes only two (2) days per week. Students who prefer to remain on campus all week may take the Funeral Service Technology classes under the Block Class Schedule while taking their academic classes under a traditional class schedule or online.
Admission to the Funeral Service Technology Program at East Mississippi Community College requires all applicants to have acquired either a GED or high school diploma. The program further requires all applicants to have achieved either a score of 17 or higher on the ACT or a particular score on the COMPASS test. Please see the program advisor or a counselor for additional information regarding testing times, locations and minimum scores.
To complete the program, students must complete all Funeral Service Technology courses with a minimum grade of “C.” Students must have active, hands-on participation in a minimum of ten (10) clinical embalming cases and may be required to perform such clinical exercises during the weekend at an off-campus clinical site.
All Funeral Service Technology students are required by the accreditation agency to take the National Board Examination as a requirement for graduation.
A student who has taken one or more Funeral Service Technology courses, but who withdraws from the program and does not return for a three (3) years or six (6) semesters excluding summer semesters, must re-enroll under the current Funeral Service Technology curriculum at the time of re-enrollment and must re-take all required Funeral Service Technology courses.
Coursework taken at any funeral service program, which is transferred for credit to EMCC, will be evaluated and considered for acceptance in meeting the curriculum of the Funeral Service Technology program. However, no course in Comprehensive Review or a similar course designed for preparation for the National Board Examination as administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, will be accepted for transfer credit.