AAS Funeral Science - ASU Mountain Home Campus
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The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Science

The A.A.S. in Funeral Science is a two-year degree that offers the theoretical and practical application of funeral service education.  The aims of the program are to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;  educate students in every phase of funeral service;  help students develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession;  educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;  emphasize higher standards of ethical conduct;  provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;  and to encourage research in the field of funeral service.  Students are prepared for entry into the profession after graduation.  The National Board Examination must be completed prior to graduation.


Through the use of compressed video, this program can be attended on the campuses of:

NWACC in Bentonville

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus 

ASU - Mountain Home

Locations for Funeral Science

ASU - Jonesboro

ASU - Beebe

 LINKS:

Points of Contact:

    • Matt Buel, Funeral Science Program Director and Instructor (located at Mountain Home campus) mbuel@asumh.edu, (870) 508–6157; (870)508-6100.


    • Brad Sheppard, Instructor and Advisor (located at NWACC campus, Bentonville) bsheppard@asumh.edu, (479)-986-6950


The Central Aim of the Funeral Science Program at Arkansas State University Mountain Home (AAS) is the recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

(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 and compliant with federal, state, provincial / territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice

(5)  professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains

 

The Funeral Science Program at Arkansas State University Mountain Home (AAS) has the following objectives:

(1)  To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession

     (a)  To provide a basic understanding of human behavior and care of the bereaved

(2)  To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined by the industry and ABFSE

      (a)  To prepare students for immediate employment as funeral directors and embalmers

(3)  To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large

      (a)  To assist Funeral Science students to realize their professional responsibilities to the community

     (b)  To promote the understanding of personal and public health and regulatory standards

(4)  to emphasize high standards of ethical conduct

      (a)  To instill high ethical, professional, and technical standards

      (b)  To develop a reverence for the deceased, showing proper dignity, sympathy, competence, and confidence in their skills

(5)  To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction

(6)  To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service


This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program - who were not ASUMH Funeral Science students prior to May 29, 2013 are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.  Students matriculated in the program prior to May 29, 2013, and who remain enrolled in consecutive semesters, are still considered graduates of an accredited program and can be eligible (upon completion of program requirements) to take the National Board Examination and for all other rights this affords.

CAUTION: Students applying for admission for the Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Science should contact their respective state boards of funeral service regarding the state board’s approval of this particular program of instruction and regulations for any state board exam.