Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education

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.

The Funeral Service degree program at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747.  Web:

National Board Exam Statistics
2012 # First Time Takers #Passed %Passed
Arts 8 4 50%
Sciences 9 6 67%
2013 # First Time Takers # Passes % Passed
Arts 8 6 75%
Sciences 7 6 86%
2014 # First Time Takers # Passed % Passed
Arts 5 5 100%
Sciences 5 5 100%
8 5 60% 60% 6

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

** Left before completing the program, did not finish

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at  To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to the Funeral Service Program Director’s office at ST 120 (Science Technology Building) or by e-mail at, or by telephone 870-722-8206.


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

Funeral Services Degree Checklists

Course Requirements  ACTS Index Number* Credit Hours 
Fall Semester     15 
ENGL  1013  Composition I  ENGL 1013  
CISS  1013  Introduction to Computers  CPSI 1003  
MATH 1063  AAS Math Business (or)  
MATH 1053 College Algebra MATH 1103
MATH 1153 Quantitative Literacy MATH 1113
BUSS  1203  Introduction to Business BUS 1013  
FSED 1013  Funeral Service Anatomy  
Spring Semester     12 
ACCT  2103  Principles of Accounting I  ACCT 2003  
FSED  1003  Funeral Service Chemistry   
ENGL 2023  Composition II ENGL 1023  
SPCH  1313  Principles of Speech  SPCH 1003  
Fall Semester     18 
FSED  2223  Business & Funeral Law   
FSED 1001 Funeral Service Orientation & Ethics  
FSED  1033  Funeral Directing   
FSED  1002  History of Funeral Service   
FSED  1012  Restorative Art I  
FSED  1004  Embalming I   
FSED  2103  Funeral Psychology/Sociology   
Spring Semester     16 
FSED  1204  Embalming II   
FSED  1022  Restorative Art II   
FSED  1313  Funeral Merchandising & Management  
FSED  2213  Microbiology/Pathology   
FSED  2203  Comprehensive Review   
Total     60 



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.