Funeral Service Education

Funeral ServicesThe Funeral Service Education program at Northampton Community College 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 Examination scores, graduation rates (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015), for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program's scores and rates, go to Common Wealth Hall Office 106 , by e-mail at, or by telephone 610-861-5576. 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 web site (  or can be obtained here.

The Funeral Service Education program is designed to give students a broad understanding of funeral home operation, funeral directing, public health and embalming along with a foundation in communication skills, social science and applied science. Students not only develop a comprehensive understanding of preparation of a body and ceremony according to the wishes of the survivors, but are also taught to prepare financial accounts, file death certificates and legal documents, and to direct individuals into post-death counseling or support group activities. Funeral Service operates as a business but also requires professionals in the field to exhibit sensitivity and compassion in dealing with bereaved families and to be open-minded about the ways in which people of different faiths and cultures express their feelings and practice their beliefs.

Acceptance into the program is competitive, and applicants must have completed minimum admission requirements of high school biology and chemistry labs with a C or with an overall high school GPA of 2.5 or better. Those who have completed college prerequisites must also have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Those who are not academically prepared may be considered for the Pre-Core Funeral Service Education program, where an advisor will help students choose courses that will prepare them for the program core.

Learn more about our degree program and let us know how we can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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