The goal of the program is to provide training that prepares students for entry-level positions after graduation and licensure. The curriculum is designed to provide students the following:

  • Ethical and professional knowledge in funeral service education
  • Exposure to career options available within the funeral service field
  • Experiences in the application of ethical and professional skills while emphasizing aspects of public health

Admission Requirements



Funeral Service Technology

My journey at Holmes has been one of the most life-changing experiences so far. My proudest achievements include my acceptance into the Funeral Service Technology program, making the Dean's List, winning the M.A.D.E. scholarship, and being voted Mr. Holmes 2015 for the Ridgeland Campus. Although my journey has come to an end, it doesn't stop here. I plan to open my own funeral service business to cater to families during one of the most difficult times in their life.

Marvin Miller, Ridgeland Campus

Course Descriptions

FST 1113 - Mortuary Anatomy I
A study of human anatomical structure with orientation to the embalming process and restorative art. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

FST 1123 - Mortuary Anatomy II (Prerequisite: FST 1113 & FST 1214. Pre/Co-requisite FST 1224)
Continuation of Mortuary Anatomy I, including all remaining body systems. Major emphasis is on circulatory system and an introduction to pathology and public health concepts. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

FST 1214 - Embalming I
Basic orientation to embalming. Included are the terminology, safety procedures, and ethical protocols in preparation of human remains, physical and chemical changes in the dying process. A study of the chemical compositions of embalming fluid and government regulations applicable to the embalming process. Three lectures. Two hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

FST 1224 - Embalming II (Prerequisites: FST 1214 & FST 1113 Co- requisite: FST 1123)
This course is a continuation of FST 1214 with emphasis placed on the principles and techniques of embalming. Topics covered include linear and anatomical guides, case analyses, handling special case problems, formulating chemical solutions, a complete analysis of the circulatory system, an explanation of the equipment used in the embalming process, and methods of injection and drainage. Three lectures. Two hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

FST 1231 - Clinical Embalming I (Prerequisite: FST 1214)
Practically apply the theoretical principles taught in the Funeral Service Technology curriculum in the funeral establishment/commercial mortuary. One lecture. Three hours clinical. One hour credit.

FST 1241 - Clinical Embalming II (Prerequisite: FST 1214. Pre/Co- requisites: FST 1224 & 1231)
Practically apply the theoretical principles taught in the Funeral service technology curriculum. The student must arterial and cavity embalm a case in the presence of a certified member of the faculty. The faculty must certify the student minimally competent to embalm in order for the student to complete the course. One lecture. Three hours clinical. One hour credit.

FST 1313 - Funeral Directing
The total funeral service education environment. Includes history duties, responsibilities, small business applications, ethical obligations, communication skills, and types of funeral services and ceremonies. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

FST 1413 - Funeral Service Ethics and Law
Comprehensive review of the ethical and legal aspects involved in funeral services. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

FST 1523 - Restorative Art/Color & Cosmetics (Prerequisite: FST 1113)
An in-depth study of anatomical modeling. Familiarization with instruments, materials, and techniques of rebuilding human features. Study of color theory and application of restorative techniques in the funeral setting, which includes cosmetics and hair treatment. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.

FST 2323 - Funeral Merchandising and Management
Study of merchandising and management procedures necessary to operate a successful funeral practice. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

FST 2623 - Microbiology (Prerequisite: FST 1113)
Designed to present the basic principles of microbiology as they relate to Funeral Service Education in the areas of sanitation, disinfecting, public health, and embalming practice. NOTE! This class does not contain a laboratory and will not meet the Lab Science requirements for graduation. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

FST 2633 - Pathology (Prerequisite: FST 1113. Pre/Co-requisite: FST 2623)
The study of the nature of the disease process and how they affect various parts of the body, with particular emphasis on those conditions which relate to or affect the embalming or restorative art process. Three lectures. Three hours credit.
FST 2713 - Psychosocial Counseling in Funeral Service
A study which examines psychological concepts in the areas of dynamics of grief, bereavement and mourning with particular emphasis on the roles of the funeral director in relation to these concepts as well as a facilitator of the funeral service, crisis intervener and after care counselor. This study also includes the Sociology of Funeral Service and those social phenomena that affect all elements of funeral service. It further emphasizes family structures, social structures, and the factors and change that relate to funeralization. Three hours lecture. Three hours credit.

FST 2812 - Comprehensive Review (Prerequisite: To be taken during the final semester of course work. Student must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher)
Review of entire curriculum, culminating with an exam designed to prepare students for the national board or various state board examinations. Must be taken during the final semester of coursework. Two lectures. Two hours credit.