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Program Information

If you have questions about prerequisites for the Associate Science Degree in Funeral Service program, be sure to go to the funeral service home page and check out "Degrees" and "Courses". The following information and prerequisites can also be found on our General Information Sheet.

A Career in Funeral Service

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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), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woobury Heights, NJ 08097 (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

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: