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The ARC Funeral Service Education Program Mission
The Funeral Service Education program at American River College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 233-3747.
The program will prepare students for entry-level employment in the funeral service industry; provide a strong theory-based curriculum and related clinical experience reflective of the current industry standard; and maintain or exceed the standards put forth by the accrediting board.
The Funeral Service program at American River College program began in 2002, assuming leadership of the program previously run by the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science (SFCMS).
The ARC Funeral Service Education Program Objectives
- To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession
- To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession as defined by the American Board of Funeral
- To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct
- To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction
- To encourage students and faculty research in the field of funeral services
- To equip students with information related to the social, legal, psychological, religious and public health issues that are associated with death
- To offer students a comprehensive curriculum that will challenge their academic abilities that are consistent with the curriculum required by the American Board of Funeral Service examination
- To prepare students for success on the National Board Examination, as well as state examination
Courses are designed to meet the prerequisite for licensure and employment in the funeral service industry as funeral directors and embalmers through courses in biology, chemistry, funeral service management, embalming, restorative art, funeral service fundamentals, counseling, accounting, and funeral service law and ethics. Coursework will be conducted on the ARC campus, while the clinical component will be offered off campus at local funeral industry sites.
Goals of the Funeral Service Education Program
As an accredited mortuary college our program goals and objectives are as follows:
- To prepare students to be members of a human services profession
- To prepare students to be members of the community in which they serve
- To be participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession
- To offer professional knowledge of and compliance with federal, state provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines
- To be sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains