The Funeral Service Technology 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.
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Funeral Service Aims
As a program in funeral service education, our central aim is to recognize the importance of funeral service education personnel as:
1. Members of a human services profession;
2. Members of the community in which they serve;
3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
4. Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice as well as;
5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.
Funeral Service Objectives
1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble of chapter nine of the ABFSE Accreditation Manual;
3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
5. To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; and
6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
As applications and supporting documents are submitted, an applicant review will be conducted by an admissions committee. Applicants meeting all of the minimum requirements may be selected into the new class. Each class has a limited enrollment, and selection is made on a competitive basis. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the Funeral Service Technology program.
Specific minimum admission requirements include:
- Application for admission to Northwest Mississippi Community College with required high school and college transcript(s)* and ACT scores (to be sent to the Senatobia campus).
- Applications to the Funeral Service Technology program (to be sent to Funeral Service Technology Department, 5197 W. E. Ross Parkway, Southaven, MS 38671).
- The American College Test (ACT) is required for admittance:
- Composite score of 18.
- Applicants with less than a composite score of 18 should retake the ACT. (Contact the College for exam dates.)
- ACT requirements are waived for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Applications and supporting documents for the Fall Semester (August) must be received by July 1st. Applicants will be notified by July 30th.
- Applications and supporting documents for the Spring Semester (January) must be received by November 15th. Applicants will be notified by December 10th.
- Applicants will be accepted and notified when all of the minimum requirements have been approved.
The Funeral Service Technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506; (816) 233-3747. Website: www.abfse.org. Students who complete the Funeral Service Technology program at Northwest Mississippi Community College will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Technology.
Director: Larry Anderson | Phone: (662) 280-6137 | Office location: DeSoto Center
Instructor: Angela Hitchcock | Phone: 662-280-6136 | Office location: DeSoto Center