Associate in Science Degree

Funeral Service

The Funeral Service program incorporates a traditional two-year program that follows the American Board of Funeral Service Education curricular standards for mortuary education and allows eligibility for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer in most states. In addition to the professional courses required for licensure by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards; business law, management, bereavement, grief, and other issues specific to the profession and community outreach techniques are also covered.

First Semester Credits
ENL101 M 3
COM103   3
MAT150 (or)
Elementary Statistics (or)
Finite Math

MAT150 Elementary Statistics

Students are introduced to descriptive and inferential statistics focusing on conceptual understanding and statistical literacy. Topics include: techniques for organizing and presenting data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, one- sample hypothesis tests, and correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: MAT035 or MAT045 and ENL108 or ESL201 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Note: Satisfies a Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning general education requirement.

MAT165 Finite Math

An introduction to selected applications of mathematics in business, management, social sciences, and economics. Topics include: descriptive statistics, graphing of functions, simple and compound interest, functions and their applications, probability and elements of mathematical modeling using first and second degree polynomials. The course is designed for students in career programs. (4 contact hours)

Prerequisite: MAT035 or MAT045 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score

Offered: Fall, Spring

Note: Satisfies a Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning general education requirement.

BIO105* M 4
FSR128*   3
Second Semester Credits
ACC100* M 3
PSY101   3
BUS100* M 3
FSR131* M 3
FSR132* M 1
FSR129* M 3
Third Semester Credits
FSR134* M 3
FSR232* M 3
PSY210*   3
BUS120*   3
FSR150*   4
Fourth Semester Credits
FSR209*   3
FSR140*   3
FSR294*   3
FSR239*   4
FSR299*   2
Total Credits 63

M Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

*Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in each Board tested course to progress in the Funeral Service program.

Career Outlook

Students with an Associate degree in Funeral Service, upon passing the National Board Examination and completion of apprenticeships, are eligible for licensure as funeral directors and embalmers in many states. Graduates of the Associate degree in Funeral Service program are also positioned to be employed by or to own and operate their own funeral homes; they may also qualify to work within a corporate setting serving the funeral service profession. In addition, student have the opportunity to complete a bachelor degree and pursue more advanced studies.

This occupational profile is provided by O*NET.

Program Aims

Students who successfully complete this Funeral Service program and enter the Funeral Service profession will aim to:

Program Objectives

Funeral Service program will work to:

Program Outcomes*

Upon successful completion of the Cape Cod Community College A.S. Funeral Service program, students are able to demonstrate a factual, conceptual, and applied understanding of:

* With permission of the American Board of Funeral Service Education, these Program Outcomes are based on the ABFSE Curriculum Guidelines Subject Descriptions.