Funeral Services Administration -
- Students who want to become funeral directors, managers, or leaders in the field of Funeral Directing.
- Working professionals who want to embark on continual development and stay abreast of current standards within the profession.
Hands-on, Career Driven
There are two cohorts available for Funeral Services Administration Students:
Traditional Student Cohort
- Students in this program will receive a Bachelor of Technology degree upon successfully completing 16 required FSAD courses in addition to the liberal arts requirements.
- Students will have an opportunity to obtain real life experience in a funeral home setting for academic credit.
- Students will have an opportunity to learn proper embalming techniques in an embalming laboratory on campus.
- Each course within the program is designed to build on previous educational experience so that after the four years of studies the student will have the critical thinking skills necessary to meet the demands of professionalism in the practice of funeral directing
- Mock funerals, internships, and other hands-on experiences are involved in preparing Funeral Service professionals for their careers.
B. Tech Completion Cohort
- This cohort is designed for students who have an Associate’s Degree and have completed their mortuary science education from an ABFSE accredited institution.
- The student will enter into the B-Tech Completion program as a first semester junior.
- There are five funeral services courses that need to be completed:
- FSAD 321 Advanced Embalming
- FSAD 322 Funeral Home Management II
- FSAD 325 Mortuary Compliance
- FSAD 406 Bereavement Counseling
- FSAD 420 Current Issues in Funeral Services
- There are challenge exams available for funeral directors who can demonstrate proficiency in any of the above area. Specific requirements may apply.
- This entire bachelor completion program is 100% online.
"We are offering the only comprehensive Bachelor's degree in Funeral Services Administration in New York. A Canton graduate stands apart from those holding Associate degrees from other institutions because they have an opportunity to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for meeting the challenges in the complex and changing field of funeral directing."
— David R. Penepent, FSAD Program Director
There are only four mortuary science programs in New York State and SUNY Canton Funeral Services Administration program is the only four year degree program in the state. The Jobs 4 Roos website provides employers with an opportunity to post funeral service positions on the college website so that alumni, current students, and residences can review the job market. Through continuing contact with prospective employers, we are able to help students benefit from this form of advertising when making career decisions.
On the Jobs 4 Roos site:
- Manage Resumes and Cover Letters
- Schedule On-campus Interviews
- Contact Alumni About Career Questions
- Manage Jobs
- Browse Resumes
- Schedule Interviews
- Register for Career Fairs
Online FSAD Courses
The last semester of courses in Funeral Services Administration is available online so that the students have an opportunity to complete their internship in a funeral home of their choice. The majority of FSAD classes are taught in the traditional classroom environment. We believe that valuable intrapersonal and interpersonal skills are best learned and articulated in a classroom environment that stimulates interaction through verbal communication. A complete list of online FSAD courses is listed above in B-Tech Completion Cohort section.
Benefits of a Four-Year FSAD Degree
Passing the National Board exam is only a small part of becoming a funeral director and yet most mortuary science programs “teach to the test” and not “train to the profession."
The program at SUNY Canton differs from other mortuary science programs is that we are committed to developing the educated professional funeral director with the tools necessary for meeting the challenges in funeral services.
Over the past 50 years there has been a steady decrease in traditional services while at the same time an increase in services that fail to honor the life accomplishments of the dead. Our program is designed to increase the student awareness of current trends while providing them practical experiences to provide quality and progressive care and respect for the living and the dead.
“Serving the Living by Caring for the Dead with Dignity & Respect.”
School of Science, Health & Criminal Justice
Cook Hall 125
Phone: (315) 386-7401
Fax: (315) 386-7959