The Funeral Service Technology degree program at East Mississippi Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 922 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org
Graduates are eligible to become nationally certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Additionally, EMCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone (404) 679-4500, to award the Associate's Degree.
The curriculum is a two-year program of study.
Statement of Program Aims and Objectives:
The program in Funeral Service Technology has as its central aim recognition of the importance of Funeral Service personnel as (1) members of a human services profession; (2) members of the community in which they serve; (3) participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession; (4) professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice as well as (5) professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.
The Funeral Service Technology Program has the objectives of (1) to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession; (2) to educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession; (3) to educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large; (4) to emphasize high standards of ethical conduct; (5) to provide a curriculum at the post- secondary level of instruction; and (6) to encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
Graduates are qualified to work in funeral homes as funeral directors, assistant directors or funeral service workers. Job duties can include making arrangements for memorial services, writing obituary notices, preparing death certificates, embalming, cosmetics and arranging transport to and from services for bereaved friends and family members.
Embalming I: Basic orientation including the terminology, safety procedures, and ethical protocols in preparation of human remains, physical and chemical changes in the dying process, and a study of
the chemical compositions of embalming fluid.
Restorative Art/Color and Cosmetics: Designed to introduce the student to the techniques and importance of creating an acceptable physical appearance of the deceased for the benefit of the surviving family members. An in-depth study of anatomical modeling, including familiarization with instruments, materials, and techniques of rebuilding human features. Study of color theory and application of restorative techniques in the funeral setting, which includes cosmetics and hair treatment.
Psychosocial Aspects of Grief and Death: Study of various social groups and their relationships to the funeral, death, and disposition. Includes psychological aspects of emotions with emphasis on counseling techniques and grief resolution.