Explore SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree

With our Funeral Services A.S. Degree, you gain the technical expertise and communication skills to become a licensed funeral director or embalmer or registered direct disposer in the state of Florida.


To become a licensed funeral director and/or embalmer in Florida, you must pass the written National Board Examination, complete a one-year internship under the direction of a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and pass the Florida board exam on rules and regulations.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers

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Features of SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree

  • Can be completed in as little as 18 months
  • Prepares you for quick entry into a career
  • Gives you hands-on experience
  • All classes in this program can be taken online except for three lab classes in Restorative Art and Embalming, which you take at the Health Education Center.

What you Learn in SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree

  • Embalming and restorative techniques
  • Standards of professional and ethical conduct
  • Health, safety and legal requirements

Funeral Services Associate in Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2024 (640)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2024 (640), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

Transferable to a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

National Board Examination 16 pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are 17 available at www.abfse.org in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Kevin Davis
Program Administrator and Curriculum Coordinator
For Academic Advising and Program Admissions Information
please contact:

Florida CIP Code

1312030100 - Funeral Services

Federal CIP Code

12.0301 - Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General.

Important Information

Program Accreditation and National Pass Rates

The Funeral Services associate degree program at St. Petersburg College 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 Examinations pass rates, graduation rates and employment rates, for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

7200 N. 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Kevin Davis, Program Director
Phone: (727) 341-3781
Email: davis.kevin@spcollege.edu
FAX: (727) 444-6625
Web: www.spcollege.edu/funeral
Accredited Degree Offered: Associate in Science
Distance Education - YES
Part-time option available - YES


Arts Takers School Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2022 24 88% 69%
2021 23 83% 68%
2020 29 90% 73%
Sciences Takers School Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2022 22 73% 64%
2021 28 71% 57%
2020 27 81% 64%



Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed In FS
2022 125 37 26 15/26 58% 11 100% 100%
2021 129 50 24 16/24 66% 12 100% 96%
2020 125 49 35 15/35 42% 9 91% 94%

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.

Program Accredited by ABFSE:  Associate in Science - Funeral Services

Initial Accreditation 1994/Last comprehensive review 2022/Next comprehensive review 2029

Re-accreditation:  October 2015 for period of seven (7) years
Most recent Accreditation decision:  Re-accredit April 2023 with acknowledgements of the dedicated program director and faculty, the overall level of institutional commitment to the program and the supportive Advisory Board

Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ 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.


SPC's Funeral Services A.S. Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

Funeral Services A.S. Degree

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.

Health Programs Application

Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.

Application Windows

Term Applications Accepted Application Review Student Notified By MySPC e-mail
Fall: August March 1 - May 15 May 16 - June 30 July 1
Spring: January July 1 - Sept. 15 Sept. 16 - Oct. 31 Nov. 1