THE FUNERAL SERVICE OATH I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR BY THAT WHICH I HOLD MOST SACRED:
- That I shall be loyal to the Funeral Service Profession, and just and generous to its members;
- That I shall lead my life, and practice my art, in uprightness and honor;
- That into whomever’s house I shall enter it shall be for the benefit of those bereaved;
- That I shall obey the civil laws;
- That I shall be faithful to those who place their trust in me.
While I continue to keep this oath, may it be granted to me to enjoy honor in my life and in my profession, and may I be respected by all people for all time.
FINE Mortuary College, LLC: A Private Two Year College began as the Funeral Institute of the North East, LLC in 1996 when Louis Misantone, Ph.D., LFD, Lyn Prendergast, Ph.D., and the late Joanne Sperr and her husband Bill, founded the school with the backing of several funeral professionals and persons interested in promoting excellence in education in funeral service.
The Founders were determined to emphasize comprehensive practical experience and excellent academic training. In addition to keeping a good balance between “hands on experience” and “book learning”, the Founders and Management of FINE wanted to be responsive to the ever-changing needs of the funeral profession. Further, the Founders wanted to provide a school in which the scheduling needs of working students and their need and desire to finish within a brief time was a priority. Over the next few years FINE grew in all aspects. Academically the Institute became a College when the Diploma in Funeral Service (Associate Degree Equivalent) became an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service in June, 2001. The seven member student body in 1996 became more than sixty by 2000. The number of faculty increased from two in the Fall ’96 term to fifteen by 1998 with more than half holding a license to practice as a funeral service professional. The number of classrooms increased by a third and a small museum, open to the public, was added. Federal Financial Aid was added in 1999 to help students pay for their FINE education. To help students who have been out of school for a while or to aid those who need extra academic work, a tutor service was added in 2000.
In 2006 a Directed Studies course was added which coupled a for-credit course with it to aid students in developing better study skills and learning habits using a required course as a model. Plans for further growth are in motion. Excellence in education continues with constant evaluation and revision of course work in coordination with the Faculty Curriculum Committee and the Governing Board of Directors, the Cooperative Board, the Administration, the Faculty and, most importantly, the students. From 2004 through 2008, FINE’s student pass rate on the National Board Exam averaged 96% - the HIGHEST OF ALL THE New England Mortuary Colleges.
In 2000, a FINE graduate attained the highest NBE score in the USA. In 2007 another distance education course, Current Topics was added with the expectation of more in the future. Also upcoming will be increasing associations with funeral homes and businesses. Enlarging the museum to promote funeral service will continue so that FINE will continue as a top-notch single purpose college for the education of funeral professionals.
The Associate Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service program at
FINE Mortuary College, LLC: A Private Two Year College in accredited by the
American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 233-3747 ~ www.abfse.org