Funeral Service Education

Program Overview

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.

Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Official Program Descriptions in the College Catalog

Funeral Service Education, A.A.S.

Funeral Services, C.T.S.

Program Requirements

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.

Students must:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Score on the ACT, SAT, or Delgado College Placement test sufficient to place the student in college-level courses.
  3. If previous college courses have been taken, the student’s cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.5.
  4. Science courses over 5 years old may require repetition; contact the Allied Health admissions advisor for additional information.

About the Program

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.  The duration of this program is 24 months.

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.

Aims

  1. Members of a human services profession;
  2. Members of the community in which they serve;
  3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  4. Professionals knowledgeable of an compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice as well as;
  5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Objectives

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the professions, as defined in the preamble at the beginning of chapter 9 of the manual on accreditation;
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Accreditation

The Funeral Service Education program at Delgado is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. The organization's contact info is as follows:

ABFSE
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097.
Phone: (816) 233-3747.
Email: exdir@abfse.org.

Program Success Information

Program Information

 Year  Total # of students enrolled  # of New Students  # of Grads # of Timely Grads* Graduation Rate # of Students who Did Not Finish** Overall % Employed % Employed in Funeral Service
 2017  39  19  8 8/8 80% 2 88% 88%
 2016  34  18  10 10/10 83% 2 70% 50%
 2015  29  17  6 6/6 66% 4 100% 100%

* Timely graduation = complete program in 1.5 times designated program length.

** Left before completing the program; did not finish.

National Board Statistics

 3-Year Average  % Pass Arts  % Pass Sciences
 2015-2017  89%  100%
 2014-2016  67%  75%
 2013-2015  61%  69%
 Most Recent  # Takers  # Passed
 2017 Arts  8  7
 2017 Sciences  8  8

Helpful Suggestions

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.

For More Information

Constance Barrowe, Program Director
(504) 671-6245

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.