Funeral Services

Associate of Applied Science Degree Major: Funeral Services
(Partnership Program awarded at John Tyler Community College)


Possible occupations for graduates: fully licensed funeral director or embalmer.

Funeral Service Careers

Program Information

A partnership program. Students take general education courses at Blue Ridge Community College, then apply for program admission to the Funeral Services Program at John Tyler Community College

Program Admissions

Funeral Services courses are transmitted to BRCC's campus over compressed video to students admitted to the program.

About the Program

Prospective Students

BRCC students interested in the partnership program should fill out the Interest Form or contact the BRCC Partnership Program Liaison/Advisor.

Interest Form


The funeral services program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64506. ABSFE may be contacted at 816-233-3747 or The program is also approved and recognized by the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science.

National Board Scores

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE-accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website.

Funeral Service License Requirements

To get a Funeral Service license in Virginia, individuals must:

  1. Complete an accredited program of mortuary science or funeral services.
  2. Pass the National Board Examination for funeral services as administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examiners with a minimum score of 75.
  3. Complete a 3000-hour resident traineeship with a licensed funeral services provider in the Commonwealth of Virginia as prescribed by the Regulations of the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers; and
  4. Take the state exam after completing the educational requirements, the resident traineeship, applying and being approved by the Board.