Pre-Funeral Services

Award: Career Studies Certificate
Additional Program Information:

Purpose: To prepare students for admission in the A.A.S. degree program in Funeral Services at John Tyler Community College (JTCC).

The Funeral Services Associate of Applied Science degree program is a partnership program with JTCC. Students complete general education courses at Blue Ridge Community College and subsequently apply to JTCC to complete the remaining program requirements. Students will gain the necessary technical skills, academic background, hands-on experience, and professional attitudes to become a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer.

For information about general education requirements at BRCC, go to or contact Ms. Beth Styers in the Academic Advising Center. For additional information about the Funeral Services program, contact Mr. Rick Sikon at John Tyler Community College at 804-706-5113.

All courses in this career studies certificate must be complete or in progress by the application deadline for admission into the A.A.S. degree program in Funeral Services at JTCC. Completion of this career studies certificate does not guarantee admission into the A.A.S. degree program. 

Prior to applying to the A.A.S. degree program in Funeral Services at JTCC, students enrolled in the CSC must also complete FNS 110 Introduction to Funeral Services.

Students should work with an Academic Advisor and consult the College website at for a full list of admission requirements.


Code Title Credit Hours
ACC 211Principles of Accounting I 13
BIO 145Human Anatomy & Physiology for the Health Sciences 14
SDVStudent Development1
BUS 100Introduction To Business3
BUS 241Business Law I3
CHM 110Survey of Chemistry 13
ENG 111College Composition I3
SOC 200Principles of Sociology3
PSY 116Psychology of Death and Dying3
REL 230 Religions of the World3
Total Credit Hours29