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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's degree in Funeral Services Administration in New York State and one of only a few in the country.


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

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(816) 233-3747

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program's pass rates, go to the office of the FSAD Program Director, Cook 109 or by email at penepentd@canton.edu, or by telephone 315-386-7170.

Blue Card Application

All students, upon admission to the FSAD program, must complete a Blue Card application for the NYS Dept. of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing. An application fee of $50 and birth certificate or proof of citizenship is also required. Any student who have criminal convictions will need prior approval from the Bureau before being accepted into the FSAD program.

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, restorative art, and funeral directing.
  • Are eligible to take the National Board Examination required for licensure in most states.
  • 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 funeral pre-med companies.
  • Funeral Service After Care Specialist
  • Cemetery and Crematory Administration
  • Allied Professions such as cemeteries, crematories, morgues, and medical examiners offices, forensic pathology, 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 life experience credits for some Funeral Services Administration courses through challenge exams or portfolio development. The State University of New York 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 Composition and the Spoken Word (ENGL 101)
  • Students must be eligible for enrollment in Survey of Mathematics (MATH 111) or any MATH course that fulfills the GER requirement.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA for admittance into the FSAD curriculum.


Semester I Credits

BIOL 101 Intro to Biology* (GER 2) 4
BSAD 100 Intro to Business 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
FSAD 111 Study of Funerals: Past and Present* 3
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology* (GER 3) 3

Semester II Credits

BSAD 201 Business Law I 3
CITA 110 Intro to Information Technology 3
MATH 111
MATH 141
Survey of Math (GER 1) OR
Statistics (GER 1) or any GER 1 course
  English or Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
  Social Science (GER 3) - Intro to Sociology recommended 3

Semester III Credits

ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting** 4
SSCI 315 Death, Dying & Bereavement 3
FSAD 115 Thanatochemistry** 2
  General Elective (GER) 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 8) 3

Semester IV Credits

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

Semester V Credits

FSAD 205 Mortuary Hygiene* 3
FSAD 211 Embalming & Aseptic Techniques** 4
FSAD 214 Funeral Home Management I** 3
  General Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective (GER 4, 5, 6, 8) 3

Semester VI Credits

FSAD 307 Human Response to Death 4
FSAD 308 Intro to Internship 1
FSAD 322 Funeral Home Management II 3
HLTH 303 Occupational Health & Safety 3
  U/L Management, Social Science or Health Elective 3

Semester VII Credits

FSAD 406 Bereavement Counseling** 3
FSAD 420 Current Issues in Funeral Service* 3
FSAD 440 Internship 7
  U/L General Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

FSAD 321 Advanced Embalming** 3
FSAD 323 Restorative Art** 4
FSAD 401 Funeral Service Law** 3
FSAD 445 Mortuary Compliance** 2

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

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement

** Core course: covers topics directly assessed on the National Board Exam (NBE). A grade of "C" or better is required in all FSAD core courses. Students must pass FSAD 445 Mortuary Compliance with a 85% or better in order to be eligible for the NBE.

NOTE: Funeral Services Administration students must meet seven of the ten General Education Requirements.

Funeral Services Administration
Program Director
David Penepent
(315) 386-7170