Funeral Services

  • AS iconFuneral service professionals work with the bereaved to provide sensitive, effective services during a time of great emotional need. With our 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.


    • Can be completed in as little as 18 months
    • Prepares you for national and state licensing exams
    • Prepares you for quick entry into a career
    • Gives you hands-on experience

    Important Information

    Program Curriculum 


    You can enroll at any time in the Funeral Services A.S. degree program, which does not require an additional health admissions application.

  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to become a funeral director.


    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. At SPC, you take the National Board Examination as part of your final course, Professional Practicum.

  • What You Will Learn

    • Embalming and restorative techniques
    • Standards of professional and ethical conduct
    • Health, safety and legal requirements
  • Program Accreditation and National Pass Rates

    The Funeral Services 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 (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015), for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org.  

    To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to Health Education Center room 154 or email davis.kevin@spcollege.edu, or by telephone 727-341-3781.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION – St. Petersburg 

    Year Total
    # of New
    # of
    Did not
    Overall %
    In FS
    2016 92 39 27 15/27 55% 8 93% 89%
    2015 87 28 20 8/20 40% 5 90% 90%
    2014 92 31 31 12/31 39% 7 81% 81%

    * 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
    2016 - 2014 84% 86%
    2015 - 2013 78% 81%
    2014 - 2012 81% 81%
    Most recent # Takers # Passed
    2016 Arts 19 18
    2016 Sciences 14 13
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