Thank you for your interest in the A.A.S. in Funeral Service Education online program at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. The program is designed to teach students the skills necessary for employment as a funeral director and embalmer. Students in the program will learn how to recognize the importance of the care of the bereaved and the deceased, how to conduct funeral service ceremonies and funeral arrangement conferences with families, preserve and restore a dead human body through embalming, be aware of proper workplace safety guidelines for funeral service practitioners, and cremation procedures. 

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

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.

Program Learning Outcomes: 

  • 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.

The A.A.S. degree is a 60-credit hour, two-year program consisting of general education and core funeral education courses. Tuition is affordable at only $119 per credit hour. Tuition calculator can be found HERE. Funeral directing and embalming clinicals are completed at pre-approved, licensed funeral establishments. Students are required to visit the UAHT campus one day during the 3rd semester of the program and a minimum of one week at the end of the final semester to complete Restorative Art and Embalming competencies. Travel and lodging are the student’s responsibility. 

At this time our online program enrollment is limited to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas residents (resident 30 days prior to the start of classes).

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.  

Certain technology is needed by the student.

PC Configuration

  • 400 Megahertz Intel Pentium III Processor (933 preferred)
  • 128 Megabytes RAM (256 preferred)
  • 6 Gigabyte Hard Drive
  • 17″ Monitor 56.6 Kbps Modem (Cable Modem / DSL preferred)
  • Windows XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), 7 (32 & 64 bit)

MAC Configuration

  • 400 Megahertz iMac (933 preferred)
  • 128 MB RAM (256 preferred)
  • 6 Gigabytes Hard Drive
  • 17″ Monitor
  • 56.6 K Modem (Cable Modem / DSL preferred)
  • Macintosh OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard”

Requirements for Blackboard Collaborate

  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam

Additionally, we recommend having the following software or free downloads for adequate display of instructional materials:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or newer (students are provided the latest version of Office 365 from UAHT)

Broadband connection is required.

Admission Requirements

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” courses until the first and second semester courses of the program are satisfactorily completed.

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

Click the checklist below to view the degree plan.

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.

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.

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
FSED 1001 Funeral Service Orientation and Ethics 1
FSED 1002 History of Funeral Service 2
Second Fall Semester    
FSED 2223 Business & Funeral Law 3
FSED 1033 Funeral Directing 3
FSED 2103 Funeral Psychology/Sociology 3
FSED 1313 Funeral Service Merchandising & Managment 3
FSED 1103 Embalming I 3
FSED 1181 Clinical I 3
Second Spring Semester    
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
TOTAL     60

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.