The Funeral Service Education Program offers a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The degree program meets current curriculum standards as set forth by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

UAHT Funeral Service Education Program Application

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

Additional information about this program may be found in the Student Handbook.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an accredited program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  • Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  • Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  • Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

Recognizing the importance of the care of the bereaved, the College has designed a curriculum not only to educate the student in the care of the deceased, but also in the care of the living.

The UA Hope-Texarkana Funeral Service program follows ethical practice in all student matters to include advertisement, recruitment, admissions, student and program requirements in the on-campus and distance learning programs

Admission Requirements
The following will be required for acceptance into the funeral service program:

  1. UA HOPE-TEXARKANA application for admission
  2. Funeral Service Program Application
  3. Official copy of high school transcript or GED
  4. Official copy of college transcript—if applicable
  5. Official high school transcript, GED or college transcript MUST be mailed (to UA HOPE-TEXARKANA) directly from the institution from which the credits were received

Upon receipt of ALL of the above requirements, the student shall receive a letter of admission from the funeral service program director. A student will not be allowed to progress to any FSED funeral service “core” course until the first and second semester courses of the program are satisfactorily completed. The following are considered “core” courses:

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Course Requirements 
Fall Core Courses
FSED 2223 Business & Funeral Law
FSED 1001 Funeral Service Orientation & Ethics
FSED  1033 Funeral Directing
FSED 1002 History of Funeral Service
FSED 1313 Funeral Merchandising & Management
FSED 1103 Embalming I
FSED 1181 Clinical I
FSED 2103 Funeral Psychology/Sociology
Spring Core Courses
FSED 1203 Embalming II
FSED 1191 Clinical II
FSED 1014 Restorative Art
FSED 2213 Microbiology/Pathology
FSED 2203 Comprehensive Review

FSED 1003 Funeral Service Chemistry and FSED 1013 Funeral Service Anatomy are not considered “core” courses and are taken during the first year.

The core courses cannot be spread out over more than 2 semesters as listed in the curriculum outline. A student must enroll in all core courses or no core courses. A student will not be allowed to take core courses on a part-time schedule.

Admission to the College does not guarantee enrollment into the Funeral Service Education courses. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the requirements, as stated above, are satisfied and documentation is received in both the registrar and the funeral service education offices.

Obtaining a Funeral Director License is dependent upon the state you intend to practice. UAHT’s accreditation in Funeral Service education is recognized in ALL 50 states. Once you have an intended state of practice, we will assist with requirements and filing. State-specific licensing requirements may be found HERE.

Other Information 
Transfer Requirements

  • Any course(s) with a prefix of FSED (or its equivalent) must have been taken within the past one (1) year to be accepted for transfer.
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for transfer courses.
  • The course for transfer must be comparable to the course required for the funeral service program. (The name of the course can be different, but the course description must be similar to that of the course for transfer)
  • Courses that do not meet the above requirements must be retaken.
  • Transferees from another funeral service program must not be on academic probation or suspension at that institution.

Program Requirements and Progression
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is expected at the end of each semester to remain in funeral service education courses. A grade of “C” or higher is required in any course with an FSED prefix or the course must be repeated. A student who receives a final grade of less than “C” in any Funeral Service core course during the program or who withdraws from a course cannot progress and will be suspended from the program.

At the completion of the two semesters of clinical rotation, the student is required to prove technical competence in embalming via direct observation by the program director or qualified UA HOPE-TEXARKANA faculty. There are specific requirements related to this clinical and are discussed in detail in Clinical I and Clinical II.

Students who seek readmission to the Funeral Service program and are in good standing with the program may be granted admission into the next program if readmission is sought the following program year. Students may be granted credit for previous classes completed successfully. Students waiting more than one year to return will not be granted credit for classes taken and must compete with other students for readmission into that year’s program.

The UA HOPE-TEXARKANA Funeral Service program follows ethical practices in all student matters to include advertisement, recruitment, admissions, student and program requirements.

Note: Students not meeting the ACT or ACCUPLACER requirements in math and English must enroll in the appropriate sequential academic skills math, reading, and/or English course(s) during their first semester in college and each subsequent semester until the requirements are successfully completed. Any degree-seeking student enrolled under the Student Success Plan must also take EDGE 1003 College Life Skills the first semester of enrollment.

The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108; Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097office (816) 233-3747

PROGRAM INFORMATION-University of Arkansas

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – University of Arkansas

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to the Dean of Science and Health Profession’s office at ST 120 (Science Technology Building), on the college website at, or by e-mail at or by telephone 870-722-8523.

UAHT Coursework
First Fall Semester 15
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
CISS 1013 Introduction to Computers 3
FSED 1013 Funeral Service Anatomy 3
BUSS 1203 Introduction to Business 3
MATH 1153 Quantitative Literature 3
MATH 1053 College Algebra 3
First Spring Semester 12
ENGL 1023 Composition 3
SPCH 1313 Principles of Speech 3
ACCT 2103 Principles of Accounting 3
FSED 1003 Funeral Services Chemistry 3
Second Fall Semester 19 
FSED 2223 Business & Funeral Law 3
FSED 1001 Funeral Service Orientation and Ethics 1
FSED 1002 History of Funeral Service  2
FSED 1103 Embalming I 3
FSED 1181 Clinical I 1
FSED 1313 Funeral Service Merchandising & Managment 3
FSED 2103 Funeral Psychology/Sociology 3
FSED 1033 Funeral Directing 3
Second Spring Semester 14
FSED 1203 Embalming II 3
FSED 1191 Clinical II 1
FSED 1014 Restorative Art 4
FSED 2203 Comprehensive Review 3
FSED 2213 Microbiology/Pathology 3

The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and the equitable treatment in the application of credits for the admissions and degree requirements. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as “No Comparable Course.”  Additionally, courses with a “D” frequently do not transfer and institutional policies may vary. ACTS may be accessed on the Internet by going to the ADHE website and selecting Course Transfer ( Courses not having an ACTS number may also transfer. Please consult the receiving institution for complete transfer information.