Funeral Service Education

Available on the Vincennes campus and online



Are you ready for a career that helps others and lets you work with members of your community? Do you have a strong interest in biological science and business? If so, the Funeral Service Education Program at Vincennes University has what you are looking for!

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to lecture, students will gain hands-on experience during embalming courses. Students will work with licensed embalmers to gain the skills needed for a rewarding career in Funeral Services. Students also learn about the methods and techniques used to restore facial features in FNRL 120 Restorative Arts. *Distance Education students will be required to ravel to Indiana during their final semester in the program to complete an embalming certification with the program chair.

Our Funeral Service Education Program has been turning out high quality licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers since 1975. We are the premier choice in Funeral Service Education with a long standing track record of success and American Board of Funeral Service Education accreditation.

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Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not Finish** Overall % Employed Employed in FS
2017 64 33 22 19/22 83% 2 100% 68%
2016 74 41 18 17/18 85% 22 100% 94%
2015 79 44 20 20/20 80% 16 80% 80%

 *Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length. 
**Left before completing the program; did not finish. 


3 Year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2015 - 2017 60% 56%
2014 - 2016 73% 58%
2013 - 2015 69% 54%
Most Recent # Takers # Passed
2017 Arts 10 5
2017 Sciences 10 7

The Funeral Service Education degree programs at Vincennes University are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747.  Web: For full accreditation information, click here

National Board Examination scores, 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 the Funeral Service Education Program office, located in the Center for Health Sciences building, Room 215, or by email at, or by telephone at 812-888-5469.

Additional information, including medial annual wages information, can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics at


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Please note that applicants will be required to complete a secondary application. More information about the secondary application will be sent with your acceptance letter from the University.

For more information, please contact the office of Health Sciences and Human Performance at (812) 888-5090.


Frequently Asked Questions

Indiana State Standards:

National Standards:
***Please use the above link to check your individual state requirements for individual licensure as each state has differing requirements for obtaining a professional license as a funeral director/embalmer***

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