Funeral Service Education
The associate of applied science program in funeral service education at Delgado Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education 3414 Ashland Ave., Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org
Effective in April 2011, the method for reporting the NBE scores was revised - from COMBINED to SEPARATE.
Effective with the 2010 NBE, scores for first-time takers of each section, ARTS and SCIENCE, are reported separately.
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.
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.
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.
For More Information
David Coughran, Program Director:
(504) 671-6244; firstname.lastname@example.org
Funeral Service Education department:
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.
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.
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.
Delgado is renowned as Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college, serving men and women of all ages who reflect the diversity of the New Orleans metropolitan area. Delgado is a comprehensive, multi-campus community college and a major institution of higher education in the State of Louisiana. Its seven locations form a center for professional and advanced technology career education, academic pre-baccalaureate education, and traditional occupational training.
Delgado Community College assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or veteran’s status in the admission to, participation in, or employment in the programs and activities of the college.
Delgado Community College has designated a 504/ADA Coordinator who can be reached at (504) 483-4323 Room 300 in Building 4 on the City Park Campus. Delgado Community College provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to qualified students. Delgado Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or qualified disability. Any student with concerns or complaints about services offered should contact the College’s 504/ADA Coordinator.