Funeral Service professionals work with the bereaved, providing sensitive, effective intervention during a time of emotional need. They also arrange and direct funeral ceremonies, prepare the deceased according to the wishes of the survivors and the requirements of law, and help people adapt to the changes in their lives following the death through grief counseling and assistance with practical matters.
Since January 1, 2004, each accredited program in funeral service education must require that each funeral service education student take the National Board Exam (NBE) as a requirement for graduation.
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: www.abfse.org.
Funeral directors use counseling to assist families in coping with grief, adjusting to new situations and making appropriate funeral arrangements. Embalmers prepare the remains for visitation and funeral rites. Graduates of the City Park program may be employed as funeral directors and/or embalmers.
City Park’s Funeral Service Education is the only program in Southeastern Louisiana to meet the needs of Louisiana and surrounding states. The 72 credit-hour program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares the student for entry-level employment. Students gain practical experience in the various techniques of embalming through the use of modern facilities at local funeral homes, in addition to classroom work.
It is required that each applicant perform a minimum of 40 HOURS community service or observation in a funeral service setting prior to submitting the application.
Prior to enrolling in the college, each applicant must meet the pre-matriculation requirement of the state board in which the student intends to practice.
In most states, graduates are required to work as interns under the supervision of a licensed funeral director or embalmer for a specified period of time.
Persons interested in funeral service should possess emotional stability, the desire to serve others, and be in good physical health to withstand the irregular working hours and obvious stresses of the job. Good grooming habits are important too.
Connie Green-Daugherty, Program Director:
To find out if courses you have taken will transfer to Delgado, call 504-671-6201 and set up an appointment with an Allied Health Advisor to have your transcripts evaluated. Upon completion of prerequisite courses, the student should request the current complete information and application packet from the Allied Health Admissions Office. Persons accepted into the FSED Program will be required to meet the technical standards of the Funeral Service profession. These are available for review in the Allied Health Admissions Office. NOTE: You are strongly advised to meet with the Allied Health Admissions Advisor to review your transcripts at least one semester prior to applying to the program.
Program Description from Official Catalog: