Funeral Service Education
Available on the Vincennes campus and online
Are you ready for a career that helps others and lets you work with members of your community? Do you have a strong interest in biological science and business? If so, the Funeral Service Education Program at Vincennes University has what you are looking for!
- Flexible options. Available online* and on campus
- Affordable tuition. Vincennes University continues to offer the lowest tuition of any residential college in Indiana. Click here to find out more about Tuition, Fees and General Expenses. Financial Aid and scholarships are available to those that qualify. Visit the website for more infomation: http://vinu.edu/web/financial-services/welcome
- Successful completion of the A.S. Program allows students to transfer to a baccalaureate institution.
Beyond the Classroom
In addition to lecture, students will gain hands-on experience during embalming courses. Students will work with licensed embalmers to gain the skills needed for a rewarding career in Funeral Services. Students also learn about the methods and techniques used to restore facial features in FNRL 120 Restorative Arts. *Distance Education students will be required to ravel to Indiana during their final semester in the program to complete an embalming certification with the program chair.
Our Funeral Service Education Program has been turning out high quality licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers since 1975. We are the premier choice in Funeral Service Education with a long standing track record of success and American Board of Funeral Service Education accreditation.
Click here to visit the Funeral Service Resource Center
The Funeral Service Education degree programs at Vincennes University are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. For full accreditation information, click here
National Board Examination scores, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at http://www.abfse.org/index.html. To request a printed copy of this program's scores and rates, go to the Funeral Service Education Program office, located in the Center for Health Sciences building, Room 215, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 812-888-5469.
Additional information, including medial annual wages information, can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/funeral-service-occupations.htm
Please note that applicants will be required to complete a secondary application. More information about the secondary application will be sent with your acceptance letter from the University.
For more information, please contact
Russel Ort, LFD, MS, A.B.A.
Associate Professor, Chair, Funeral Service Education Program
Center for Health Sciences, Room 212
Education and licensure/certifications
Graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Bachelors in Psychology from Upper Iowa University
Masters in Psychology from Grand Canyon University
Graduate Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas
Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the States of Indiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri
Certification as a Behavioral Scientist A.B.A.
Teaching & Work Experience
Teaches all the arts and science classes of the Funeral Service Education Program. Mr. Ort has been teaching for over 20 years as a professor of Sciences in many areas including Forensic Science, Anatomy, Physics, Chemistry, ect...
Professor ort views the classroom and learning with the following philosophy. I believe that a teacher is morally obligated to enter the classroom with only the highest of expectations for each and every one of their students. Thus, the teacher maximizes the positive benefits that naturally come along with any self-fulfilling prophecy; with dedication, perseverance, and hard work, students will rise to the occasion."
"I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I believe that I owe it to my students, as well as the community, to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the students as well."
Professor Ort has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 30 years. He has served in many positions over almost 3 decades of service. Mr. Ort has been a General Manger for several firms including one of the largest and highest volume firms in the Mid-West. (St Louis, MO). He has also had the privilege of serving as Coroner, Chief Deputy Coroner for both Craighead and Clay counties in Arkansas, and a Pathology Assistant for several prominent Pathologists.
Professor Ort finds that the best part of being a mortician is being able to help families through one of the most difficult times in their lives and to be able to help create meaningful celebrations of life for their loved ones.
Indiana State Standards: http://www.in.gov/pla/funeral.htm
National Standards: http://www.nfda.org/careers/licensing-requirements
***Please use the above link to check your individual state requirements for individual licensure as each state has differing requirements for obtaining a professional license as a funeral director/embalmer***