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Funeral Services Administration - Program Description

The Bachelor of Technology degree in Funeral Services Administration is open to new students, transfer students and Funeral Directors who have passed the National Board Examination and are licensed. This is the only inclusive bachelor degree in Funeral Services Administration in New York State and one of only a few in the country.

Accreditation:

The Funeral Services Administration program at SUNY Canton is accredited by the:

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G
St. Joseph, Missouri 64506
(816) 233-3747
Web: www.abfse.org

Students in this Major:

  • Participate in classes, practicums, and internships that provide theoretical education as well as practical training and experience in all phases of the Funeral Service profession including embalming and funeral directing.
  • Are eligible to take the National Board Examination required for licensure.
  • Experience a learning environment that is rigorous yet supportive and flexible.
  • Can concentrate elective courses in their field of interest such as business, coroner preparation, or Human Services.
  • Will be involved in online and campus courses.

Career Opportunities:

  • Funeral Director
  • Embalmer
  • Pre-need Funeral Counselor in a funeral home or with specialized pre-med companies.
  • Funeral Service After Care Specialist
  • Cemetery Administration
  • Allied Professions such as cemeteries, crematories, morgues, and medical examiners offices, organ and tissue banks, coroners, funeral supply sales such as caskets, vaults, embalming fluids, and computer software companies.

Licensed Funeral Director Program:

Licensed Funeral directors who have already graduated and passed the National Board Examination are eligible to obtain credit for Funeral Services Administration courses through challenge exams or portfolio development. The State University allows up to 30 credits in these types of experiential learning.

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be eligible for enrollment in Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102).
  • Students must be eligible for enrollment in Survey of Mathematics (MATH 111) or College Algebra (MATH 121).
  • Transfer students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA for admittance into the FSAD curriculum.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 1525)

Semester I Credits

BIOL 101 Intro to Biology (GER 2) 4
BSAD 100 Intro to Business 3
ENGL 102 Oral & Written Expression (GER 10) 3
FSAD 111 Study of Funerals: Past and Present 3
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology (GER 3) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester II Credits

BSAD 200 Business Communications 3
CITA 110 Intro to Information Technology 3
MATH 111
MATH 141
Survey of Math (GER 1) OR
Statistics (GER 1)
3
  English or Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
  Social Science (GER) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester III Credits

ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting 4
SSCI 315 Death, Dying & Bereavement 3
  General Elective (GER) 3
  General Elective (GER) 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester IV Credits

BIOL 207 Human Anatomy 4
FSAD 121 Analytical Embalming 4
FSAD 129 Clinical Practicum 2
FSAD 225 Professional Funeral Practice 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 8) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester V Credits

FSAD 211 Embalming & Aseptic Techniques 4
FSAD 214 Funeral Home Management I 3
  General Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  U/L General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VI Credits

FSAD 307 Human Response to Death 4
FSAD 322 Funeral Home Management II 3
HLTH 105 Pathology 3
  U/L Management, Social Science or Health Elective 3
  U/L General Elective 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VII Credits

FSAD 308 Intro to Internship 1
FSAD 323 Restorative Art 4
FSAD 401 Funeral Service Law 3
FSAD 406 Bereavement Counseling 3
FSAD 420 Current Issues in Funeral Service* 3
TOTAL CREDITS 14

Semester VIII Credits

FSAD 321 Advanced Embalming 4
FSAD 325 Mortuary Compliance 2
FSAD 440 Internship 8
TOTAL CREDITS 14

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

U/L=Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER=General Education Requirement

—"C" or better is required in FSAD 121, FSAD 211 and students must take the National Board
Examination to pass FSAD 325.

NOTE: Funeral Services Administration students must meet seven of the ten General Education Requirements and successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.

 

Funeral Services Administration
Program Director
David Penepent
(315) 386-7170
penepentd@canton.edu