Funeral Service Education FAQs

About Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program and when would I start?

The Worsham College Program is twelve months. Applications for admission may be made at any time, however, enrollments will commence only in March and September.

When are classes held?

Classes are held Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 8:00 am until 2:10 pm. These hours may vary the second six months of the program due to assigned laboratory classes. Each class period is fifty minutes in length, with a ten minute break between classes.

Do I need any college classes prior to enrolling?

Those students intending to practice in the state of Illinois are required to obtain thirty semester hours of college to include, a minimum of twenty hours of liberal arts and/or sciences, and a maximum of ten hours of electives. Students attending a college based upon quarter hours, instead of semester hours, are required to obtain forty-five quarter hours of college, consisting of a minimum of thirty hours of liberal arts and/or sciences, and a maximum of fifteen hours of electives.

Students intending to practice in any other state must adhere to the regulations established by that state. A student may either contact the College, or the state board for specified requirements regarding his or her state. Click here for State License Requirements.

Students from outside the United States, must supply the Registrar’s Office with a translated transcript or statement from a recognized educational authority, certifying that the applicant achieved formal education equivalent to seven semester hours of college.

What do I need to do to begin the program?

Each student must supply the Registrar’s Office with a completed application, an official college transcript, (students with less than a 2.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis), a completed health certificate, two letters of recommendation, a brief essay describing the reason for selecting funeral service as a profession, and an application fee of $50.00.

Thirty days prior to registration a tuition deposit of $250.00 is required. Failure to comply with this request will be taken as an indication that the applicant does not intend to enroll and the application will be canceled. If for some reason, the student is not accepted or cannot enroll the deposit will be refunded. Registration may be completed only on specified days immediately prior to the beginning of classes. These dates will be announced to each accepted student several weeks prior to registration.

Worsham College does not permit students to enroll more than two weeks after the beginning date for a given class.