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.
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.
This program can also be attended on the campuses of ASU-Beebe and ASU-Jonesboro, as well as Arkansas Tech University Ozark Campus, and NWACC in Bentonville via compressed video.