The degree of education required for licensing varies by state. The Bachelor's Degree in Funeral Service from UCO meets or exceeds the educational portion of licensing requirements for all states. The Certificate in Funeral Service alone does not meet licensing requirements in Oklahoma in addition to other states. The Certificate is comprised of less hours than the Bachelor's Degree but in some cases, when transferring in credit hours it may take a similar amount of hours to complete the advanced degree. The Certificate does not contain as many Core and Elective hours as the Bachelor's Degree. The majority of students attending UCO are pursuing the Bachelor's Degree option. Students should check on the state requirements for the state within which they intend to practice prior to choosing their course of study.
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Please follow the step by step instructions under "Admissions" on our home page for admission requirements to the University of Central Oklahoma and the Funeral Service Department. Your first step is applying to UCO and then declaring Funeral Service as your major.
Currently, at UCO all coursework for both funeral directing and embalming is required to receive the Certificate or Bachelor's Degree. You are also required to take both portions of the National Board Exam, the Science exam and the Art exam. In Oklahoma passing the Science exam is required to obtain an Embalming license, and passing the Arts exam is required to obtain a Funeral Director's license.
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Yes. You may enter as a funeral service student in either the spring, fall , or summer semester.
Yes! Sigma Phi Sigma is the Funeral Service co-ed fraternity. This group has social events, attends conventions, takes trips, and organizes community service events.
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