Funeral Service Assistant Certificate Program

Program #33698

This program serves as an introduction to the theoretical and practical knowledge required for professional licensure. It will help individuals determine their level of interest in the funeral service industry and in more formal vocational training in Mortuary Science. This program will prepare students for an entry-level position as a Funeral Service Assistant. The program consists of a sequence of courses that prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the tasks of a funeral service assistant such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment. It is not intended as a substitute for the Associate in Science – Mortuary Science program, licensing or certification requirements, which include an apprenticeship, but would provide students a more realistic expectation of the rigors of funeral service practice that will lead to employment as a Funeral Service Assistant and/or a pathway to the Cypress College Mortuary Science Associate in Science degree program.

Core Courses
MEOC 210 Introduction of Computers for Health Care Workers48
FSRV 100 Introduction to Funeral Service Practice60
FSRV 110 Communication Skills for the Funeral Assistant60
FSRV 125 Funeral Service Practices and Procedures I60
FSRV 120 Funeral Service Operations60
FSRV 126 Funeral Service Practices and Procedures II60
Total Hours348
First Year
Fall TermHoursWinter TermHoursSpring TermHours
MEOC 21048FSRV 11060FSRV 12060
FSRV 10060FSRV 12560FSRV 12660
 108 120 120
Total Hours 348

FSRV 100 60 Hours Introduction to Funeral Service Practice

This course is an introduction to the funeral service profession and career opportunities. Topics covered include personal characteristics, professional responsibilities, ethical behavior, funeral service settings, mortuary law, and communication skills. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

FSRV 110 60 Hours Communication Skills for the Funeral Assistant

Prerequisite(s): FSRV 100 Introduction to Funeral Service Practice.

This class will prepare the student to provide support to client families in grief, bereavement, and mourning, and communicate effectively with the public. Topics include an exploration of cultural differences in grief and funeralization practices, as well as the diversity of religious beliefs impacting disposition options. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

FSRV 120 60 Hours Funeral Service Operations

Prerequisite(s): FSRV 100 Introduction to Funeral Service Practice.

This course introduces students to funeral service practices and procedures in preparation for entry-level positions in the funeral home. These include funeral service assistant, receptionist, mortuary representative, transfer personnel, funeral director assistant, and pre-need salesperson. Students review historical funeral service practices, funeral service price lists, and service arrangements. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

FSRV 125 60 Hours Funeral Service Practices and Procedures I

Prerequisite(s): FSRV 100 Introduction to Funeral Service Practice.

This course introduces students to the sociology of funeral service practice. It is designed to develop the necessary skills for arranging religious funeral ceremonies, conducting funeral and memorial services, and assisting in the disposition of human remains including cremation and scattering. Funeral service merchandise options are also covered. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

FSRV 126 60 Hours Funeral Service Practices and Procedures II

Prerequisite(s): FSRV 125 Service Practices and Procedures I.

This course provides students with experience related to administrative and managerial funeral directing. Students will explore the necessary skills required to operate within the funeral home, including advertising and public relations, marketing and merchandising, and compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

MEOC 210 48 Hours Introduction of Computers for Health Care Workers

Prerequisite(s): COMP 685 Beginning Keyboarding or Typing 30 words per minute.

This course is an introduction to computers for individuals entering the health care field. This course provides a general introduction to computer literacy and information technology for health care students. The course provides a comprehensive survery of the interconnections of information technology and health care. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)