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) 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, 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 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 service 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, as well as (5) professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.
The Funeral Service 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.