Funeral Service, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Funeral Service is designed to prepare the graduate for an entry-level position in the funeral service field. Training will consist of lecture, laboratory, and internship. At the completion of all course work, the student will be eligible to take the National Board Examination from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. 

The Funeral Service program is accredited by American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747. Web: This accreditation is a continuation of the Lincoln College of New England (LCNE) Associate in Applied Science - Mortuary Science program.  LCNE was granted re-accreditation in April 2015 for a period of seven years.  The ABFSE’s most recent accreditation decision: Accepted plan to transfer the accredited program to Goodwin College effective January 2019. Goodwin College to voluntarily apply for Candidacy/Initial Accreditation of their own program in 2019.  The annual pass rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site ( request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, contact Mr. Jesse Gomes—Program Director for Funeral Service—email:

Admission Requirements

The following are the admission requirements for students applying to the Funeral Service program. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program due to the limited number of places available. Admission is based upon completion of the funeral service prerequisites and other requirements. If courses are in progress, acceptance will be conditional upon submission of an official transcript immediately upon completion. All requirements must be completed before enrolling in FNS 202, Funeral Service Management and Communications. 

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin College. Applicants to the Funeral Service program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College. 
  2. Complete the Funeral Service program application.
  3. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent college course work. College GPA is based on a minimum of 12 completed credits.
  4. Complete the required College placement evaluations. Applicants must test into ENG 101. All remedial courses must be completed before entering the program. 
  5. Complete all prerequisite courses. 
  6. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of a "C" or better:
    1. Humans and Disease – SCI 124 (Goodwin College)
    2. Human Biology – BIO 120 (Goodwin College) or equivalent with laboratory component
  7. Complete Microbiology – BIO 235 (Goodwin College) or equivalent with laboratory component with a grade of a "C+" or better.  This course must be completed within the last ten years.

Point System

Funeral Service applicants who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system as specified below:

Previous College Education  Score 
 Associate Degree or >60 Credits  2
 Bachelor's Degree  3
 Master's Degree  4
 Completion of courses taken at Goodwin College  
 1 course  1
 2 courses  2
 3 courses  3
 4 courses  4
 5 courses  5
 6 courses  6
 7 courses  7
 Cumulative GPA (applicable for Goodwin College courses only, based on a minimum of 12 credits)  
 2.7 - 3.0  1
 3.1 - 3.4  2
 3.5 - 3.8  3
 3.9 - 4.0  4
 Total Possible Points  15

Accepted Students

All students must successfully pass a background check before official acceptance into the Funeral Service program will be granted. Forms are provided by program personnel. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  2. Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  3. Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  4. Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  5. Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  6. Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  7. Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  8. Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  9. Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  10. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog.  In addition, students must complete all Funeral Service (FNS) core courses with a minimum grade of "C+".


Associate in Funeral Service

General Education Core - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXEnglish Elective


CAP 110*Computer Applications


MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)


BIO 120Human Biology


PSY 315Psychology of Death and Dying


Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)


*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Non-Major Core Requirements - 13 Credits

ACC 101Principles of Accounting I


BUS 101Introduction to Management


SCI 124Humans and Disease


BIO 235Microbiology


Funeral Service Core Requirements - 30 Credits

First Semester

FNS 202Funeral Service Management and Communication


FNS 205Restorative Art


Second Semester

FNS 208Funeral Service Law


FNS 218Embalming I and Thanato-Chemistry


Third Semester

FNS 216Funeral Service History and Merchandising


FNS 219Embalming II


Fourth Semester

FNS 297Funeral Service Internship


FNS 298Funeral Service Seminar


Total Credit Hours: 65