Funeral Service Technology

Funeral ServiceThe Funeral Service Technology Degree program at the DeSoto Center is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as funeral directors and embalmers. The program offers funeral service education for this unique and highly personalized profession. Recognizing the importance of the care of the bereaved, the department has designed a curriculum not only to educate the student in the care of the deceased, but also in the care of the living. To meet this need, classes are offered in funeral directing, funeral home management, sociology, grief, and death related psychology.

The Funeral Service Technology degree program at Northwest Mississippi Community college is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education  (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097; phone: (816) 233-3747; fax: (856) 579-7354; web: The two-year program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The National Board Exam (NBE), required for graduation from Northwest Mississippi Community College Funeral Service Technology Program, is a component of licensure in most states.  You must check with your state for specific requirements.  The cost of the NBE is approximately $570.

The central aim of the Northwest Mississippi Funeral Service Technology program is recognition of the importance of funeral service education personnel as:

  • members of a human service profession,
  • members of the community in which they serve,
  • participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession,
  • professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice), as well as professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, welfare in caring for human remains.

The objectives of the Northwest Mississippi Funeral Service Technology program are the following:

  • to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession,
  • to educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession,
  • to educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large,
  • to emphasize high standards of ethical conduct,
  • to provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction, and
  • to encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service

NBE 3-year average Pass Rates

18-17-16                                           17-16-15                                                        16-15-14                              

3-year average                                    3-year average                                                 3-year average

Pass Arts 66%                                     Pass Arts 68%                                                  Pass Arts  63%

Pass Science  73%                             Pass Science       86%                                       Pass Science   82%

National Board Exam Statistics

2018  Arts                                                                       2018 Science

Exam Takers:       7                                                              Exam Takers:       6

Amount Passed:  4                                                              Amount Passed:  3

Percent Passed:  57%                                                        Percent Passed: 50%


2017  Arts                                                                        2017 Science

Exam Takers:       6                                                              Exam Takers:       6

Amount Passed:  5                                                              Amount Passed:  5

Percent Passed:  83.33%                                                  Percent Passed: 83.33%

2018 Program Information

New Students: 17

Graduates: 6

*Timely Graduates: 6

Percent Employed: 83.3%

**Left Before Completion: 8

*Timely graduation = program completion in 1.5 times designated program length.
**Left before completion = left before completing the program: did not finish

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to Room 221 at the NWCC DeSoto Center or by email at or by telephone at 662.280.6136.

Ebone Dukes, Instructor. Telephone 662.280.6137.
Angela Hopper, Funeral Service Program Director. Telephone 662.280.6136.

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