ARC Funeral Service Education Program
A Career in Funeral Service
The United States Department of Labor maintains an excellent website that include information on the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training, advancement, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information.
Courses are designed to meet the prerequisite for licensure and employment in the funeral service industry as funeral directors and embalmers through courses in biology, chemistry, funeral service management, embalming, restorative art, funeral service fundamentals, counseling, accounting, and funeral service law and ethics. Coursework will be conducted on the ARC campus, while the clinical component will be offered off campus at local funeral industry sites.
Entering the Funeral Service program involves three steps, outlined below. For complete program information, contact the Health & Education office .
STEP 1: Before entering the Funeral Service Education program, student must successfully complete the following courses:
STEP 2: Counseling and Submission of Application
- After completing the prerequisite courses, request a pre-enrollment form from the Health and Education Division office. Call (916) 484-8902 for the current application deadline.
- Student must make an appointment with a counselor (in the semester before the program begins) to obtain a current Curriculum Planning Summary Sheet, which must be included with the completed application packet. Please call (916) 484-8572 to make an appointment with the counseling office.
STEP 3: A.S. in FSE Degree Program
- After completing the prerequisites and being accepted into the program, students must successfully complete the required number of units leading to the Associate in Science in Funeral Service Education. For details, see our Academics page.
Dean: Jan DeLapp
Admin. Asst.: Line Kao
Clerk: Olga Nabok
Phone: (916) 484-8176
Fax: (916) 484-8030
Department Chair: Valarie Rose
Coursework will be conducted on the ARC campus, while the clinical component will be offered off campus at local funeral industry sites.
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