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Funeral Service Bachelor of Science Degree (FSBS) (On Campus & Online)
The Funeral Service Bachelor of Science Degree curriculum at Mid-America College of Funeral Service is designed to provide the needed education to meet the prerequisites for licensure and employment in funeral service. It fulfills the requirements of accreditation and approval agencies. The curriculum offers both theoretical and practical fundamentals of funeral service. The program is offered in academic quarters, with each quarter consisting of eleven weeks of study. The program is developed with the input of successful professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance, and designed to impart real-world knowledge and skills.
This program is designed to provide graduates of non-funeral service disciplines who wish to move into funeral service and embalming with the education needed to meet the prerequisites for licensure and employment in funeral service. It fulfills the requirements of accreditation and approval agencies.
The curriculum fulfills the requirements of all accreditation regulations and is a blend of theoretical and practical fundamentals of the funeral profession, as well as the liberal arts.
The courses are listed under the headings of:
- Public Health
- Business Management
- Social Sciences
- Legal, Ethical, Regulatory
- Liberal Arts, and
- General Education/Liberal Arts/Electives
General Education Requirements
All general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree may be completed here at the College. The degree will fulfill all general education requirements. The general education courses provide a foundation for professional success. Students learn to think critically, make rational decisions, and communicate effectively. These skills support their ability to acquire, evaluate, and use the specific knowledge needed for the program.
End Of Program On-Campus Requirements
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To be considered a candidate for graduation from the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Degree Program (FSBS) at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, the following guidelines must be met:
- The student has successfully completed the AAS program of instruction with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and passing grades in all courses;
- The student has successfully completed all requirements of the Clinical Embalming program as specified by the College and the American Board of Funeral Service Education; also, be certified by the Clinical Program Director as minimally technically competent in entry level embalming practices;
- The student has successfully completed all requirements of the Funeral Director Practicum;
- The student has transferred in up to 45 hours of level 300 or higher credits from another college to meet the 180 total credit hours for the FSBS requirement. These credits may also be earned by the student by completing courses offered by Mid-America College;
- The student is free of all indebtedness to the College, and;
- The student has successfully completed and passed all end-of-program Capstone Final Exams.
Courses by Quarter including General Education
|English Grammar and Composition
|Introduction to Sociology
|United States History through 1877
|Fundamentals of Science
|Advanced Composition and Business Communications
|Introduction to Psychology
|United States History since 1877
|Introduction to Business
|Introduction to Pathology and Anatomy
|Small Business Management
|History of Funeral Service
|Anatomical Framework and Cardiovascular System
|Cremation and Burial Alternatives
|Study of Body Organ Systems
|Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling
|Mortuary Law and Ethics
|Funeral Service Merchandising
|Restorative Art Theory
|Sociology of Funeral Service
|Funeral Service Marketing & Operations
|Restorative Art Practicum
Transfer Credit Information
- Up to 48 quarter credit hours for General Education courses may be transferred in from a regionally-accredited postsecondary institution as indicated in the “Transfer Credits” policy elsewhere in this catalog. Any additional General Education credits needed may be completed at Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
- Up to 45 quarter credit hours of level 300 and up in Humanities, Natural Science, Sociology, or Business Courses may be transferred in from a regionally-accredited postsecondary institution. No more than 15 hours per discipline listed above is allowed.
- If necessary, level 300 – 400 courses are available at Mid-America College for students to take as electives to meet the 180 quarter credit hour requirement for the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service.
Students completing the FSBS program would end with 180 credits consisting of the following subtotals:
- 48 General Education quarter credit hours.
- 88 Funeral Service Core quarter credit hours.
- 44 level 300 and higher transfer credits from an approved list of transfer disciplines or from the below list of 300-400 level courses offered at Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
The courses listed below are eligible to be completed as elective credit hours towards the FSBS degree:
|Applied Death Companioning
|Experiencing World Religion
|Intercultural Appreciation for Funeral Service
|Hospitality and Event Planning for Funeral Service
|Marketing Funeral Service
|Fundamentals of Preneed Sales
|Essentials of Corporate Finance
|Changing Landscapes in Green Funeral Service
|Human Resource Management
|Applying Leadership Principles
|Conflict Management and Negotiation
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NOTE: Students are not eligible to sit for the National Board Exam (NBE) until the required 180 quarter credit hours are earned.
Mid-America College of Funeral Service is not regionally accredited and that may limit the transfer of credits to another institution. All transfer credits are dependent on the receiving institution.