Accreditation & Authorization

One of the first steps all prospective students should take before enrolling in a college or any higher education institute is to verify whether the school is accredited by a verified accrediting agency. The American Board of Funeral Service Education is a national accrediting agency recognized for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education

The Funeral Service program and FINE Mortuary College, LLC are both 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.  Accreditation is important for an institute to have because it sets certain standards of quality.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary act of the institution that requires a thorough self-evaluation and an independent, objective assessment of the overall quality of education by peers.

Accreditation emphasizes both a quality guarantee and a commitment to continuous enhancement. To achieve accreditation by the ABFSE, an institution must:

  • Fulfill with rigorous standards
  • Create and apply a Campus Effectiveness Plan
  • Undergo a yearly review of its financial stability, retention and placement rates; and undergo both announced and unannounced site visits.

ABFSE 2020 Statistics

FINE MORTUARY COLLEGE - FUNERAL SERVICE

150 Kerry Place
Norwood, MA  02062
Melissa Cyfer, Program Director
Phone: (978) 886-5562
Email:  MCyfers@fmc.edu 
FAX: (781) 762-7177
Web:  www.fmc.edu
Accredited Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Distance Education - YES (Limited)

PROGRAM INFORMATION - FINE

Year Total enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation Rate** Did not finish*** Overall % Employed Employed In FS

2020

141

46

18

14/18

78%

21

100%

100%

2019

156

59

39

34/39

87%

23

100%

87%

2018

144

45

30

26/30

87%

10

93%

93%

*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.

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS - FINE

Single Year School Pass Rate National Pass Rate Single Year School Pass Rate National Pass Rate

2020 Arts

90%

73%

Sciences

67%

64%

2019 Arts

56%

72%

Sciences

56%

63%

2018 Arts

83%

77%

Sciences

90%

71%

Accreditation
Program and Institution Accredited by ABFSE:  Associate in Applied Science - Funeral Service
Initial Accreditation 1997/Last comprehensive review 2019/Next comprehensive review 2025

Re-accreditation: October 2019 for period of 7 years from previous review in 2018

Most recent Accreditation decision: October 2019 for period of 7 years with no stipulations. Important factors in the decision were the rapid response to suggestions of the site visit team, consistent student success on the national licensing examination, upgraded facilities since the last ABFSE visit and the opportunities for communication between all constituencies of the institution.
 

Why is Accreditation Important?

Accreditation is important because it:

  • Aids in determining if an institution meets or surpasses minimum standards of quality.
  • Assists students in choosing acceptable institutions to enroll in.
  • Helps institutions in determining the acceptability of credits and transfer credits.
  • Allows employers to determine the validity of programs of study and in turn whether a graduate is qualified for the prospective job.
  • Employers often require evidence that applicants have earned a degree from an accredited school or program.
  • Determines eligibility for employee tuition reimbursement programs.
  • Enables graduates to sit for certification examinations.
  • Involves staff, faculty, students, graduates, and advisory boards in institutional evaluation and planning.
  • Creates goals for the institution to improve upon.
  • Provides a baseline for determining eligibility for federal student assistance. Students are required to attend an accredited institution to apply for federal grants or loans.

American Board of Funeral Service Education Contact
992 Mantua Pike
Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Phone: (816) 233-3747
Website: www.abfse.org

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