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Funeral Services Education Certificate

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This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs, and is designed for persons wanting to obtain a South Carolina Funeral Directors' License only.

Students requiring an ABFSE-accredited program should enroll in the associate degree track.

A major requirement for the South Carolina Funeral Directors' License states the following: The student must already possess a bachelor's degree, or have successfully completed sixty (60) semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, including a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours divided among at least four (4) of the following areas: (1) Psychological Sciences; (2) Business; (3) English; (4) Natural/Biological Science; (5) Religion. See the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service Statutes and Regulations for complete details of the requirements.

With all requirements met, the student should be knowledgeable in basic funeral service skills and eligible to sit for the South Carolina Funeral Directors' Exam.

This certificate is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination, or any state Board Examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

Program Location: Greenwood

Schedule Options: Day, Online

Contact Information: Nancy Wilkie

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
FSE 101 Introduction to Funeral Service 2.0
FSE 105 Accounting for Funeral Service 3.0
FSE 215 Funeral Service Directing I 3.0
FSE 130 Business Law for Funeral Service 2.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
FSE 210 Funeral Service Management and Merchandising I 3.0
FSE 205 Funeral Counseling 4.0
FSE 131 Funeral Service Ethics, Regulations and Statutes 2.0
FSE 165 Sociology of Funeral Services 2.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
FSE 250 Funeral Service Projects 2.0
MGT 120 Small Business Management 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 34.0
 

Updated 5/1/2014

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The purpose of the Funeral Service Education Certificate 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify and research the background information of the funeral service profession

  2. Identify, practice and apply skills in every phase of the funeral service profession

  3. Application of knowledge; communicate effectively in oral and written grammar concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service professionals to the community at large

  4. Interpret and apply numerical, graphical and pictorial data to aid in daily calculations needed in funeral service professions

  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology to research the field of funeral services

 

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Advisement Information

  • This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board examination, or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

  • This certificate was developed for persons already holding an associate or bachelor's degree and who have interests in becoming licensed funeral directors in SC only. The courses in this program will prepare students to take the SC Funeral Directors' Exam. Students will also be eligible to sit for the exam if they have earned at least 60 credit hours (including the certificate requirements).

  • Funeral Services courses are scheduled in the afternoons, two days a week; however, all certificate courses are also offered online.

  • HIS 102, 201, or 202 may be substituted for HIS 101.

Advisement Information updated 9/8/2011