Funeral Service Education, A.S.C.T.

Funeral Service Education, A.S.C.T.

Funeral home with flowers in vase.
  • Prepare for a meaningful career that assists families in a time of need.
  • The University’s Funeral Service Education has a long record of preparing graduates for state licensure and successful careers.
  • Median annual salary for morticians and funeral directors in Indiana is more than $62,000.
source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Locations where this degree is offered:

Vincennes Campus

What can I expect during my time at VU?

  • With a longstanding record of success, VU’s program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.
  • The University’s instructors are true experts in their fields and readily available to help students gain the academic and practical skills they need to excel.
  • The University offers substantial academic and social support systems to help students learn and grow.
  • Small class sizes enable students to participate fully in activities and discussions and to seek out extra help when needed.
  • Affordable tuition allows students to graduate with less debt.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Meet admission requirements for the University.
  2. Qualify for minimum placement into MATT 109 with no co-requisite as determined by appropriate placement tests, or receive appropriate transfer credit.
  3. Qualify for placement into ENGL 101 with no co-requisite or higher as determined by appropriate placement tests, or receive appropriate transfer credit.
  4. Hold no grade less than a C in any required course in the Funeral Service Education Curriculum.
  5. GPA Requirements
    • High School students must have a high school GPA of at least 2.3.
    • Students with completed college-level courses must hold a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Funeral Service Education Student Handbook

What can I do with this degree?

A degree from Vincennes University’s Funeral Service Education Department will prepare you for a lifelong career in an essential and growing profession.

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to the 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  can also learn about the methods and techniques used to restore facial features in FNRL 120 Restorative Arts. *Distance Education students will be required to travel to Indiana to complete required embalmings, embalming certification and the restorative art principles application review during the final spring semester of the program.

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. The program will adhere to ethical practices in all student-related matters.

Library & Learning Resources Support

Funeral Service Handout

Library & Learning Resources Support Guide

Library and Learning Resources Support for Funeral Service Education

Program Information - Vincennes University

Year Total Enrolled # New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation Rate** Did Not Finish*** Overall % Employed Employed in FS
2023 47 21 12 12/12 80% 7 75% 75%
2022 56 38 17 17/17 100% 7 76% 47%
2021 63 39 14 14/14 87% 14 50% 50%

* Timely graduation = complete program in 1/5 times designated program length.
** Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)
*** Left before completing the program; did not finish.

National Board Statistics - Vincennes University

Arts Takers School Pass Rate National Pass Rate Sciences Takers School Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2023 15 67% 78% 2023 12 58% 69%
2022 9 67% 69% 2022 13 62% 64%
2021 8 75% 68% 2021 6 67% 57%

School pass rate is based on 1st time test takers within one year of graduation. Contact the program directly for information regarding success of Distance Education graduates.

Is this degree accredited?

The Funeral Service Education associate degree program at Vincennes University is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747.  Web:  WWW.ABFSE.ORG

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available. 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 212, or by email at HSHP@VINU.EDU, or by telephone at 812-888-5469.

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

  • 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***

Have questions?

We are happy to chat with you to answer your questions and understand your personal goals.
Please reach out to us at or call 812-888-4313 for more information.