This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education owing to the fact that it does not include instruction in the following areas: embalming and related science courses. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

The Funeral Director Technical Certificate at the University of Arkansas at Hope- Texarkana is designed to meet the prerequisites for licensure and employment in funeral service as a Funeral Director in the State of Texas.

According to the policies and procedures that govern the administration of the Texas State Board Examination (TX SBE):
Registration procedure for the TX SBE will be as follows:

  • All candidates sitting for the TX SBE will be required to complete the TX SBE application online at the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards website.
  • All candidates sitting for the TX State Board Examination, for the first time, must be certified as having graduated from a funeral directing program with a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Service recognized by the Texas Funeral Service Commission. The University of AR Community College at Hope is recognized by the Texas Funeral Service Commission and the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards to provide eligibility for sitting Texas state board exams. The TX SBE Candidate Eligibility Certification Form must be completed for all candidates sitting for the TX SBE for the first time. No candidate will be allowed to sit for the TX SBE until this form is completed and placed on file with the Conference Office. The TX SBE Candidate Eligibility Form must be printed on school letterhead (UA HOPE-TEXARKANA provides this eligibility form on UA HOPE-TEXARKANA letterhead).

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Course Requirements  ACTS Index Number* Credit Hours 
FSED  1001  Funeral Service Orientation & Ethics  1
FSED  1002  History of Funeral Service   2
FSED  2223  Business and Funeral Law  3
FSED  1033 Funeral Directing  3
FSED 2103 Funeral Psychology/Sociology  3
 FSED  1313  Funeral Merchandising & Management  3
ENGL  1013 Composition I  3
BUSS  1203  Introduction to Business   3
CISS  1013  Introduction to Computers   3
SPCH  1313  Principles of Speech   3
 ACCT 2103   Principles of Accounting I  3
Total     30 

**Any student pursuing an embalmer’s license in the State of Arkansas must complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree. This Funeral Director Technical Certificate is NOT required for a funeral director’s license in the State of Arkansas. However, the curriculum is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the profession.

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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.