Funeral Service Education Program FAQ



What is Funeral Service Education?

The Funeral Service Education (FSE) Program at Vincennes University is one of only fifty-eight accredited schools of Funeral Service/Mortuary Science by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (  The program at Vincennes University teaches students the basics of embalming, and restorative art as well as other necessary arts and sciences and prepares students for the National Board Examination leading to an internship/apprenticeship licensure in most states.


What is the admission process?

Students interested in the program need to submit an application to the University.  Applicants must submit a high school transcript and, if applicable, have an official college transcript sent from any previously attended colleges/universities.  All applicants must complete the VU placement test (Accuplacer).   If an applicant has credit for English Composition I and College Algebra or higher, the applicant may be except from completing the Accuplacer.  Once an applicant is admitted to Vincennes University, the applicant must complete a Health Sciences application to apply for the program.  Applicants interested in completing the program via Distance Education should review the admission process at   Acceptance to the University does not guarantee acceptance into the program.


How will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

Students who are accepted into the program will be notified by email after the application process has been completed. 


What are the admission requirements?
Please visit our website at and click on Funeral Service Education to view the current admission requirements. 


Do I have to take the Accuplacer/Placement Test?

All applicants must complete the placement test unless they have credit for English Composition I and an appropriate math courses.    English and Reading placement scores are acceptable via the SAT, ACT or Accuplacer test scores for students without English composition transfer credit.  Math scores are only determined by the VU Accuplacer or appropriate college math credit.  


How long is the program?

The Funeral Service Program is a two-year course of study once admitted into the program.  Students requiring developmental courses may not be able to complete the program in two years.  Regardless of transfer/previously completed courses, the program is two years in length due to course sequencing.  Students with no previous college credits typically take between 14 and 17 credit hours each semester of the program.  Student may elect to take longer to complete the program; however, all FNRL, BIOL, and CHEM courses must be completed within three years of completion of the program.  


Can I transfer courses from another university?

General education courses may be transferrable.  Official transcripts are reviewed by the Registrar’s Office.  The FSE Program does not evaluate transcripts nor award transfer credits.  An official copy of all transcripts must be sent to Vincennes University for evaluation.  Many transfer courses are listed at in the Core Transfer Library.   We encourage you to visit the Core Transfer Library at the address above regarding transfer courses.    


Is the Funeral Service Program Accredited?

The Funeral Service Education Program at Vincennes University is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 233-3747. Website:


How will I complete my embalming and restorative art requirements?

Restorative Art Labs:


Restorative Art classes both on campus and online will have a lab component that will feature practical application of theories and techniques learned in the lecture. Campus students will work on wax sculpting, mortuary cosmetology, lighting effects, air brushing, and general restorative applications in our state of the are Restorative Arts Laboratory while distance students will have a virtual lab component that will require them to do the same and submit their lab requirements via mail to be critiqued and graded. The class is broken down in 2.5 hours of lecture and .5 hours of lab application.


Important Clinical Information for Campus and Distance Students

Campus and Distance Education students must complete 10 clinical embalming cases either on campus or at select preceptor training sites located in the state of Indiana during their FNRL 250 Lab. This Lab takes place in the students last semester and the embalming can only be completed at a clinical site under University Contract in the State of Indiana. Out of the 10 embalming cases, one of the cases must be a certification embalming witnesses by the Department Chair. Certification embalming cases for campus students takes place in the spring semester of their second program year (Campus and Distance Students clinical rotations are completed from January thru May in their Spring Semester you can use any of our contracted preceptor sites for the 9 standard embalming)

Campus embalming certifications are held in May while  Distance education students certification embalming cases are held during their summer semester June 3rd- July 6 )and are only held in Indianapolis due to a high call volume and insurance you get your case completed especially for students traveling. 

Distance students must make travel and accommodation arrangements at their own expense. Most distance students can complete their cases in a few weekends at one of our affiliated preceptor care centers.

Distance students or Campus Students can choose any preceptor facility under University contract in the state to complete their 9 cases but all distance certification embalming cases will be scheduled in Indianapolis so students will need to make work and travel plans to attend this certification in May for Campus Students and  June for Distance Students of their senior year summer term.


Is the program available online?

Yes.  The Funeral Service Program is available online.  For more information about Distance Education, students should visit or call 800-880-7961.   Students who opt to study the program via Distance Education who do not have any previous experience within the funeral home setting, may find the course of study more difficult.  Please refer to the residency information in the previous section.  


What about employment?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022.    For more information, including median salary expectations, please visit