The Funeral Service Education Program offers a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The degree program meets current curriculum standards as set forth by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

Application for Admission

Funeral Service Program Booklet

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website at

The objectives of the Funeral Service Education Program at UAHT are as follows:

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for funeral service defined as a profession practiced by men and women who are required to meet certain educational, societal, and governmental standards.
  • 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

The Funeral Service Education Program has as its central aim recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of a human service 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 in where they practice
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains

Recognizing the importance of the care of the bereaved, the College has designed a curriculum not only to educate the student in the care of the deceased, but also in the care of the living.

Admission Requirements
The following will be required for acceptance into the funeral service program:

  1. UA HOPE-TEXARKANA application for admission
  2. Funeral Service Program Application
  3. Official copy of high school transcript or GED
  4. Official copy of college transcript—if applicable
  5. Official high school transcript, GED or college transcript MUST be mailed (to UA HOPE-TEXARKANA) directly from the institution from which the credits were received

Upon receipt of ALL of the above requirements, the student shall receive a letter of admission from the funeral service program director. A student will not be allowed to progress to any FSED funeral service “core” course until the first and second semester courses of the program are satisfactorily completed. The following are considered “core” courses:

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Course Requirements 
Fall Core Courses
FSED 2223 Business & Funeral Law
FSED 1001 Funeral Service Orientation & Ethics
FSED  1033 Funeral Directing
FSED 1002 History of Funeral Service
FSED 1313 Funeral Merchandising & Management
FSED 1103 Embalming I
FSED 1181 Clinical I
FSED 2103 Funeral Psychology/Sociology
Spring Core Courses
FSED 1203 Embalming II
FSED 1191 Clinical II
FSED 1014 Restorative Art
FSED 2213 Microbiology/Pathology
FSED 2203 Comprehensive Review

FSED 1003 Funeral Service Chemistry and FSED 1013 Funeral Service Anatomy are not considered “core” courses and are taken during the first year.

The core courses cannot be spread out over more than 2 semesters as listed in the curriculum outline. A student must enroll in all core courses or no core courses. A student will not be allowed to take core courses on a part-time schedule.

Admission to the College does not guarantee enrollment into the Funeral Service Education courses. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the requirements, as stated above, are satisfied and documentation is received in both the registrar and the funeral service education offices.

Other Information 
Transfer Requirements

  • Any course(s) with a prefix of FSED (or its equivalent) must have been taken within the past one (1) year to be accepted for transfer.
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for transfer courses.
  • The course for transfer must be comparable to the course required for the funeral service program. (The name of the course can be different, but the course description must be similar to that of the course for transfer)
  • Courses that do not meet the above requirements must be retaken.
  • Transferees from another funeral service program must not be on academic probation or suspension at that institution.

Program Requirements and Progression
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is expected at the end of each semester to remain in funeral service education courses. A grade of “C” or higher is required in any course with an FSED prefix or the course must be repeated. A student who receives a final grade of less than “C” in any Funeral Service core course during the program or who withdraws from a course cannot progress and will be suspended from the program.

At the completion of the two semesters of clinical rotation, the student is required to prove technical competence in embalming via direct observation by the program director or qualified UA HOPE-TEXARKANA faculty. There are specific requirements related to this clinical and are discussed in detail in Clinical I and Clinical II.

Students who seek readmission to the Funeral Service program and are in good standing with the program may be granted admission into the next program if readmission is sought the following program year. Students may be granted credit for previous classes completed successfully. Students waiting more than one year to return will not be granted credit for classes taken and must compete with other students for readmission into that year’s program.

The UA HOPE-TEXARKANA Funeral Service program follows ethical practices in all student matters to include advertisement, recruitment, admissions, student and program requirements.

Note: Students not meeting the ACT or ACCUPLACER requirements in math and English must enroll in the appropriate sequential academic skills math, reading, and/or English course(s) during their first semester in college and each subsequent semester until the requirements are successfully completed. Any degree-seeking student enrolled under the Student Success Plan must also take EDGE 1003 College Life Skills the first semester of enrollment.

The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108; Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097office (816) 233-3747

PROGRAM INFORMATION – University of Arkansas

Year Total enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed EmployedIn FS
2017 40 9 12 7/12 88% 5 83% 83%
2016 47 8 6 6/6 38% 1 100% 100%
2015 53 16 10 8/10 100% 3 90% 70%


NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – University of Arkansas

3 year Average % PassArts % Pass Sciences
2014-2017 76% 75%
2014-2016 95% 82%
2013-2015 90% 77%
Most Recent #Takers #Passed
2017 Arts 11 6
2017 Sciences 11 8

* Timely graduation = complete program in 1 ½ times designated program length.

** Left before completing the program, did not finish

So that the public and prospective students can easily access UAHT funeral service program statistics, National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE accredited programs are available at www.abfse org.

To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to the Dean of Science and Health Profession’s office at ST 120 (Science Technology Building), on the college website at, or by e-mail at or by telephone 870-722-8523.

UAHT Coursework
First Fall Semester 15
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
CISS 1013 Introduction to Computers 3
MATH 1063 AAS Math Business or College algebra 3
BUSS 1203 Introduction to Business 3
BUSS 1013 Funeral Service Anatomy 3
First Spring Semester 12
ACCT 2103 Principles of Accounting 3
ENGL 2013 Composition II 3
SPCH 1313 Principles of Speech 3
FSED 1003 Funeral Service Chemistry 3
Second Fall Semester 19 
FSED 2223 Business & Funeral Law 3
FSED 1001 Funeral Service Orientation and Ethics 1
FSED 1002 History of Funeral Service  2
FSED 1103 Embalming I 3
FSED 1181 Clinical I 1
FSED 1313 Funeral Merchandising & Managment 2
FSED 2103 Funeral Psychology/Sociology 3
FSED 1033 Funeral Directing 3
Second Spring Semester 14
FSED 1203 Embalming II 3
FSED 1191 Clinical II 1
FSED 1014 Restorative Art 4
FSED 2203 Comprehensive Review 3
FSED 2213 Microbiology/Pathology 3


The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.”  Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer ( Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.