A.A.S., Major in Funeral Service

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The Funeral Service Education program provides the educational foundation needed to seek a South Carolina or other state licensure, both as a funeral director and an embalmer.

The A.A.S. Major in Funeral Service at Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506, (816) 223-3747,

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Nancy Wilkie


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


Day Program

ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MGT 120 Small Business Management 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
CHM 106 Contemporary Chemistry I 4.0
MAT 110 College Algebra 3.0
BUS 121 Business Law 3.0
FSE 101 Introduction to Funeral Service 2.0
FSE 165 Sociology of Funeral Services 2.0
FSE 215 Funeral Directing I 3.0
FSE 213 Microbiology/Pathology for Funeral Service 4.0
FSE 210 Funeral Service Management and Merchandising I 3.0
FSE 216 Funeral Directing II 2.0
FSE 225 Principles of Embalming I 2.0
FSE 240 Restorative Arts I 2.0
FSE 220 Regulatory Compliance 3.0
FSE 211 Funeral Service Management and Merchandising II 2.0
FSE 226 Principles of Embalming II 2.0
FSE 205 Funeral Counseling 4.0
FSE 241 Restorative Arts II 2.0
FSE 300 National Board Preparations 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 67.0


Updated 5/1/2014


Additional Program Information

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this programs scores and rates, go to room 114V or by email at: or telephone; (864) 941-8774.

Candidates for the associate degree or the certificate in Funeral Service Education must meet the requirements for graduation of the college. In addition, students enrolled in the Funeral Service Education program leading to the associate degree or the certificate must progress in meeting the requirements of their program according to the following policy:

  1. Students must complete all of their required classes with a "C" or better. Students may repeat a specific Funeral Service Education course one time to achieve a grade of "C" or better. Students who need to repeat a Funeral Service Education course are required to submit an appeal to the Funeral Service Education Department.

  2. Students must have acceptable health status that allows required performance within the practicum or clinical environment. Students must inform the Funeral Service Education program of any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with completion of the embalming practicum class.

  3. All students must take the National Board Exam before graduating.

  4. All potential students will have to meet with a Funeral Service Education faculty member prior to entering into the Funeral Service Education program.

  5. All potential students must submit three professional letters of recommendation before enrolling in their first Funeral Service Education course.

  6. A student must complete the Funeral Service Education course load within two consecutive academic years.

  7. Students must complete their general education requirements before consideration into the Funeral Service Education program.

  8. If the student plans on working in South Carolina, they are allowed to complete their two year apprenticeship concurrently while attending Piedmont Technical College.

  9. Students must obtain a Student Permit from the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service prior to enrolling in the Funeral Service Education program. Failure to obtain the Student Permit will limit your ability to complete certain classes within the program.

  10. If a student fails more than two Funeral Service Education core classes (last three semesters), they will be dropped from the program.

  11. All academic transcripts must be submitted to Student Records prior to starting the FSE curriculum.

  12. The Funeral Service Education program does not accept FSE courses over two years old.

  13. Students will be required to pay a lab fee for each semester they are on campus.

  14. Students will be required to conform to a dress code. All students must purchase designated shirts and wear approved matching khaki style pants/skirts.

  15. After students complete their general education classes, they must submit an application and be approved before starting their FSE cohort.

  16. The SC Board of Funeral Service may refuse to issue or renew a license or student license to an individual with a conviction of a felony or a crime involving fraud or moral turpitude.

In accordance with the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service, an individual must be at least 18 years old; have a high school diploma or the equivalent; have completed at least a 60-credit program of study with an accredited school and approved by the board (with a full associate degree required for an embalmer); have completed two years of approved apprenticeship; not have been convicted of a violent crime, felony or crime of moral turpitude; and have successfully passed the South Carolina and National Examining Board licensing examinations for embalming and/or funeral directing.

All graduates are asked to complete the Graduate Survey.

Employers are asked to complete the Employer Survey.


General Aims and Objectives of Funeral Service 

In accordance with the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Piedmont Technical College and the Funeral Service Education program aims and objectives recognize the importance of Funeral Service Education personnel as:

  • members of a human services 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 where they practice as well as

  • professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.

  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble above.

  • 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.

Health Requirements:

Students enrolled in Funeral Service Education courses are required to provide evidence of annual tuberculosis screenings and evidence of vaccination against tetanus within the last 10 years. Students shall have on file prior to entry into the practicum courses or clinical work, one or more of the following: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) immunization record or antibody titer showing a positive antigen response to HBV. Students are not eligible to participate in the practicum or clinical works until this information
is completed and on file.

Transportation to Practicum Sites:

Each student is responsible for transportation to and from any practicum or clinical sites.

Attendance Requirements:

The Funeral Service Education program adheres to the college's attendance policy. In addition, students are expected to attend all practicum activities. Make-up time for missed practicum experiences will be determined at the discretion of the faculty and availability of practicum facilities. Faculty may require withdrawal of any student who has missed sufficient practice to prevent completion of the practicum objectives.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The purpose of the Funeral Service Degree 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 and embalmer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and research the background information about  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 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. Demonstrate the ability to use technology to research the field of funeral services 

Updated 5/24/2011


Advisement Information

  • There will be no cohort start in the fall, 2014 term. The following general education and program-ready courses will need to be completed before the spring 2015 cohort start: ACC 101, BUS 121, CPT 101, ENG 101, MGT 120, AHS 102, BIO 112, CHM 106, MAT 110 and an Elective in Humanities/Fine Arts.

  • AHS 102 Requirement: This program requires AHS 102, Medical Terminology. Beginning Fall 2014, AHS 102 will have a 5 year expiration. Students who readmit or transfer beginning fall 2014 must have AHS 102 within 5 years for it to be transferred in or apply to their program of study. Students who are currently enrolled at the college or who return to the college after an absence of less than 3 semesters, will retain credit for AHS 102 > 5 years, provided they stay in the same major. If a student changes major, the new major would fall under the latest catalog year. If the AHS 102 course > 5 years at the time of the change of major, the course will be considered to be expired. Students who are employed in a health related field may petition that AHS 102 > 5 years be accepted. The academic program director over the student’s selected major would make the determination if a course >5 years would be accepted. This petition would be made in DegreeWorks by the program coordinator or department head at the time of the decision. A student should be referred to the program coordinator to request the petition.

  • All students are to complete their general education requirements before taking any FSE classes. Only FSE faculty advisors may enroll students in FSE course work. Enrollment advisors may enroll FSE students in any general education course work listed on the curriculum chart.
    Note: HIS 101 or higher (HIS 102, HIS 201, and HIS 202 may be substituted); MAT 155 or higher.

  • It may be possible for a student to take one general education class in conjunction with FSE classes. This is decided on a case-by-case basis with Dedrick Gantt or David Martin.

  • Graduates must have a high school diploma or GED to be licensed. Encourage non-high school graduates to earn the GED within the first two semesters. They should have the GED before taking FSE courses.

  • Funeral Service courses are scheduled in the afternoons, two days a week.

  • Encourage students to meet their health requirements before entering into their FSE classes.

  • Reading is vital for program success and for passing National and State Examining Board licensing exams.

  • FSE students must complete all General Education and FSE courses with grades of “C” or better. Students may repeat FSE courses one time to achieve a grade of “C" or better.

  • Information about CPT 101: Starting fall 2014, CPT 101 will use Office 2013.

  • All CPT 101 students will purchase a textbook that is packaged with an access code for mylabsplus, an online course management system. Each access code is valid for 6 months from the date it is first used. RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101. If a student needs developmental coursework the first semester, advise for CPT 141, if required, followed by CPT 101.

  • Students must take the National Board Examination (NBE) before graduation.

  • All transfer courses from another mortuary college will need to be approved by the PTC Funeral Service Education department.

  • Students in the Funeral Services Education (FSE3) program must come to the campus to meet the faculty and tour the facilities before starting their first FSE coursework.

  • Students will not be registered into any FSE courses within 10 business days of the start of any semester, unless all their paperwork is complete.

Advisement Information updated 6/10/2014