2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook

PreHealth (A10300FS), Funeral Services, AGE


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The Funeral Service Education curriculum provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in basic funeral service skills. In addition to the general education courses offered in the curriculum, technical courses such as human anatomy, embalming theory and practice, embalming chemistry, restorative arts, funeral law, and funeral home operations are taught. Graduates of the curriculum, upon passing the National Board Exam, and completing a resident traineeship in an unreal home, will be qualified for employment as funeral directors and/or embalmers in any state. Note that graduates must also pass that particular states funeral laws and rules exam, prior to gaining licensure.  

Admission Requirements and Special Conditions

A high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics are required. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, RCC offers transition and corequisite courses to prepare students for the Funeral Service Education curriculum. 

Special Certifications

Graduates are eligible to sit for the North Carolina State Board Exam for Funeral Directing. Testing Fees may apply.

Program Curriculum


Class Hours 14-15 | Lab Hours 2-6 | Credit Hours 16-17


Second Semester (Spring)


Class Hours 14-15 | Lab Hours 2-3 | Credit Hours 15-16


Total Credit Hours 31 - 33


Other Major Hours (32 - 39 SHC)


These hours must be approved by the Registrar prior to enrolling in courses other than those listed above. Student not realizing progress toward a health science credential will be assisted by an academic advisor in exploring other degree options. 

Total (63-72 SHC)


Additional Curriculum Notes


The Natural Science/Math elective can be satisfied by completing one of the following: MAT 110 MAT 143 CHM 131 CHM 131A .

The Humanities elective can be satisfied by completing one of the following:  HUM 110 HUM 115 HUM 130 .

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