The Funeral Service Education program provides the educational foundation needed to seek a South Carolina or other state licensure, both as a funeral director and an embalmer. It is highly recommended that a student pursuing the Funeral Service Associate degree is currently working in a funeral home or has done so in the past. Preferably that student is currently in or has completed his or her apprenticeship.
The Funeral Service Education degree program at Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097; 816-233-3747. Web: .
National Board Examination scores, graduation rates and employment rates, for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at . To request a printed copy of this program's scores and rates, go to room 114V or by email at: , or by telephone: (864) 941-8774.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSESCoursesCredit Hours English Composition I 3.0 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0 SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0 Elective 3.0 Elective 3.0 Subtotal15.0REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS Introduction to Funeral Service 2.0 Anatomy and Physiology for Funeral Service 3.0 Sociology of Funeral Services 2.0 Funeral Counseling 3.0 Funeral Service Management and Merchandising I 3.0 Funeral Service Management and Merchandising II 2.0 Microbiology/Pathology for Funeral Service 3.0 Funeral Services Directing I 3.0 Funeral Services Directing II 2.0 Regulatory Compliance 3.0 Principles of Embalming I 3.0 Principles of Embalming II 3.0 Restorative Art I 3.0 Restorative Art II 3.0 Board Preparations 2.0 Subtotal40.0OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATIONAHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0 Accounting Principles I 3.0 Introduction to Computers 3.0 Small Business Management 3.0 Subtotal12.0Total Credit Hours67.0
Additional Program Information
National Board Examination scores, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE accredited programs are available at . To request a printed copy of this programs scores and rates, go to room 114V or by email at: or telephone; (864) 941-8774.
PROGRAM INFORMATION Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad Graduation Rate Did Not Finish Overall % Employed Employed in FS 2017 49 31 26 19/26 90% 1 92% 92% 2016 134 19 14 14/14 64% 0 100% 93% 2015 29 28 10 8/10 91% 0 100% 70%
NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS 3-Year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences 2015-2017 67% 75% 2014-2016 66% 75% 2013-2015 68% 77% Most Recent # Takers # Passed 2017 Arts 14 9 2017 Sciences 13 8
Candidates for the associate degree or the certificate in Funeral Service Education must meet the requirements for graduation of the college. In addition, students enrolled in the Funeral Service Education program leading to the associate degree or the certificate must progress in meeting the requirements of their program according to the following policy:
Students must complete all of their required classes with a "C" or better. Students may repeat a specific Funeral Service Education course one time to achieve a grade of "C" or better. Students who need to repeat a Funeral Service Education course are required to submit an appeal to the Funeral Service Education Department.
Students must have acceptable health status that allows required performance within the practicum or clinical environment. Students must inform the Funeral Service Education program of any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with completion of the embalming practicum class.
If the student plans on working in South Carolina, they are allowed to complete their two year apprenticeship concurrently while attending Piedmont Technical College.
Students must obtain a Student Permit from the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service. Failure to obtain the Student Permit will limit your ability to complete certain classes within the program.
All academic transcripts must be submitted to Student Records prior to starting the FSE curriculum.
Students will be required to pay a lab fee for each semester they are on campus.
Students will be required to conform to a dress code.
The SC Board of Funeral Service may refuse to issue or renew a license or student license to an individual with a conviction of a felony or a crime involving fraud or moral turpitude.
All students must have a valid driver's license to be accepted into the Funeral Service program.
In accordance with the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service, an individual must be at least 18 years old; have a high school diploma or the equivalent; have completed at least a 60-credit program of study with an accredited school and approved by the board (with a full associate degree required for an embalmer); have completed two years of approved apprenticeship; not have been convicted of a violent crime, felony or crime of moral turpitude; and have successfully passed the South Carolina and National Examining Board licensing examinations for embalming and/or funeral directing.
All graduates are asked to complete the .
Employers are asked to complete the .
General Aims and Objectives of Funeral Service
In accordance with the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Piedmont Technical College and the Funeral Service Education program aims and objectives recognize 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 the funeral service profession;
professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice as well as
professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.
To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble 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.
Students enrolled in Funeral Service Education courses are required to provide evidence of annual tuberculosis screenings and evidence of vaccination against tetanus within the last 10 years. Students shall have on file prior to entry into the practicum courses or clinical work, one or more of the following: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) immunization record or antibody titer showing a positive antigen response to HBV. Students are not eligible to participate in the practicum or clinical works until this information
is completed and on file.
Transportation to Practicum Sites:
Each student is responsible for transportation to and from any practicum or clinical sites.
The Funeral Service Education program adheres to the college's attendance policy. In addition, students are expected to attend all practicum activities. Make-up time for missed practicum experiences will be determined at the discretion of the faculty and availability of practicum facilities. Faculty may require withdrawal of any student who has missed sufficient practice to prevent completion of the practicum objectives.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the Funeral Service Degree is to educate and prepare individuals not only to contribute to the funeral service profession, but also the community in which they serve. We strive to give students the knowledge, principles, and skills which are essential to become a funeral director and embalmer.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Identify and research the background information about the funeral service profession
Identify, practice and apply skills in every phase of the funeral service profession
Application of knowledge; communicate effectively in oral and written grammar the responsibilities of the funeral service professionals to the community at large
Interpret and apply numerical, graphical and pictorial data to aid in daily calculations needed in funeral service professions
Demonstrate the ability to use technology to research the field of funeral services
If a student is not ready to take college-level courses, he or she should enroll in the appropriate developmental or transitional coursework. All of these prerequisite courses may not be available online.
Excellent reading comprehension, communication and critical thinking skills are vital for program success and for passing National or State Examining Board licensing exams.
FSE students must complete all General Education and FSE courses with grades of “C” or better. Students may repeat FSE courses one time to achieve a grade of “C" or better.
All transfer courses from another mortuary college will need to be approved by the PTC Funeral Service Education department.
For the associate degree, students must complete all general education coursework before starting in their funeral service coursework. Students must also come to the campus to meet the faculty and tour the facilities before starting their first FSE coursework. Call (864) 941-8774 to arrange a visit.
Students will not be registered into any FSE courses within 10 business days of the start of any semester, unless all their paperwork is complete.
For the Funeral Director's Certificate and the Embalmer's Certificate, students must either have completed their apprenticeship or in the process of completing their apprenticeship in order to take any South Carolina licensure exam. In order to complete the Embalmer's Certificate, a student must be actively be working at a funeral home and have permission to complete their required embalming cases at that location.
Notes about individual classes
The English required for this program is ENG 101. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.
The math course required for this program is MAT 155. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: MAT 032/012 > MAT 155.
Information about CPT 101: CPT 101 will use Office 2016. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.
FSE courses are scheduled in the late mornings and afternoons and generally meet only two days per week. During the last three semesters, FSE classes will run either on a Monday, Tuesday or a Wednesday, Thursday schedule. Students must meet their health requirements before entering into these classes.
Semester-by-semester graduation plan
Starting with the Fall 2019 cohort, Associate Degree students must complete a competitive secondary application process to proceed to the FSE coursework. Call (864) 941-8774 for full details.
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Advisement Information updated/reviewed 7/31/2018.