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Allied Health Preparation, Pre-Funeral Services

Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)


Provides basic general education and prerequisite courses for students seeking to enroll in the A.A.S. degree program in funeral services. Completion of the career studies certificate does not guarantee admission into the JTCC Funeral Services Program.  Students should refer to the admission requirements for the A.A.S. degree in Funeral Services listed in the programs of study section.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. In order to successfully complete the pre-funeral services program and then be considered for admission to the Funeral Services A.A.S. program, students must test out of or complete the equivalent of modules 1,2, and 3 in mathematics. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHM 110 Survey of Chemistry 3 CHM 101
FNS 110 Introduction to Funeral Services 2  
HTL 143 Medical Terminology I 3 HIM 111
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
SDV Elective 1  
Total Credits 12  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting 3  
ITE 101 Introduction to Microcomputers 1 Any ITE Course
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 CST 100, CST 115
FNS 121 Anatomy for Funeral Service I 3 BIO 141, BIO 145, NAS 161
PSY 116 Psychology of Death and Dying 3  
Total Credits 13  
Total Credits For Program 25  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students may seek admission to the funeral services A.A.S. degree program during the semester they will complete all courses in the Pre-Funeral Services curriculum. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the Pre-Funeral Services curriculum and have a 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average to seek admission to the funeral services A.A.S. degree program. The grade point average of courses being accepted for transfer will be calculated for students who wish to have transfer credits considered toward the fulfillment of the Pre-Funeral Services curriculum.
  2. Effective Fall 2014, students will be admitted to the Funeral Services Program every fall and spring semester. Applications will be due by July 1 for the fall semester with notification of acceptance by August 1 and November 1 for the spring semester with notification of acceptance by December 1. Notification of acceptance will be conditioned upon final grade posting and calculation of cumulative grade point average.


For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences: 804-706-5084 (Chester) or 804-594-1500 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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