Student Learner Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of funeral services 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, 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.


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North Shore Community College is an accredited public institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education.

The Funeral Service Associate in Applied Science degree program at North Shore Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816)233-3747. Web:

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CAUTION: Students applying for admission to NSCC Funeral Service Associate in Applied Science degree program should contact their respective state licensing agency regarding that state agency’s approval of this particular program of instruction.

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