students often wonder about the funeral profession and the education it
takes to become licensed. Below you will find some commonly asked
questions and the answers to them. If you have additional questions,
please e-mail email@example.com and we will answer any concerns to the best of our ability.
1. What are the requirements to enter mortuary school?
It is dependent on the school. For FINE, a student has to have earned a high school diploma or passed the GED examination.
2. Do all states require a license to be a funeral service professional?
3. Do all states require the minimum of an Associate Degree for licensure?
No, but many states require a minimum of an Associate Degree equivalent. Such is the case in Rhode Island and Massachusetts plus other states. Some states require a Bachelor's Degree.
4. Do all states require that the student pass the National Board Examination for licensure?
No, but most states require that a student pass that exam before taking the State Board Examination.
5. Do all states require an apprenticeship be completed before licensure?
No, but most require that the student serve at least one year as an
apprentice and complete a certain number of embalmings.
6. Is mortuary school a rigorous program?
because it requires knowledge of lots of areas. The basic areas of
expertise needed are the social sciences, the hard sciences such as
anatomy, pathology, embalming and restorative art, business including
accounting and use of the computer plus business and funeral service
7. What is the starting salary for an apprentice?
It is quite variable. In
New England it usually is from minimum wage per hour through a salary in the mid-20s to low 30s.
8. What is the starting salary for a newly licensed person?
It also is quite variable. However, as a general rule, it is a little
less than a beginning teacher. Some funeral homes also give clothing
allowances and some have cars available for licensed personnel.
9. How long will it take to finish my mortuary studies?
At FINE the average time for a full time student, without any transfer credits, to finish is 15 -18
months. That is because the College holds classes on a quarter system.
FINE classes begin in September, November, February and May. Thus
instead of two terms per year, as in most schools (one beginning in
September and a second beginning in January), at FINE there are four
terms per year. This means a full time student may finish faster at
FINE than at most other schools.
10. How many classes a week must I take?
FINE each class meets one time per week. This differs from most other
schools where a student must go to the school for a particular class
two or three times per week. At FINE a full-time student can complete
four different classes over two consecutive days a week. This allows
for a FINE student to spend only one over night away from his/her work
or family. For a FINE full-time student weekends are free plus s/he can
finish all studies in 15–18 months.
11. Can course credits from other colleges be transferred in FINE?
Usually. Ask FINE for more info
12. Can I request my transcripts from FINE?
Yes, by clicking the following link to see and download the FINE Transcript Request form. FINE Transcript Form
13. Is there placement help at FINE?
Funeral Homes from
New England and other states contact FINE with available positions which are posted
on the Employment Bulletin Board in the Student Lounge area and often on this website - JOBS. Students
and graduates contact the funeral homes directly as FINE has no formal
14. Are there jobs available in funeral service?
Yes, especially for people with a good work ethic.
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