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(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) has announced that they are once again expanding their funeral science program to include classes at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus beginning January 2013.

The Memorandum of Understanding was approved Friday, October 26, by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education during a meeting of its Coordinating Board in Little Rock.

State Rep. Karen Hopper of Mountain Home made the formal announcement Monday, October 29, at Arkansas Tech-Ozark.

Dr. Pat Bailey, ASUMH Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs said that the expansion is a win-win situation for both institutions, stating that during these rough economic times it makes sense to share resources to meet the education needs of area communities.

ASUMH’s Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Science is a 60-credit hour program offering the theoretical and practical application of funeral service education. Students are prepared for entry into the profession after graduation. The National Board Examination must be completed prior to graduation.

Through the partnership, the two campuses will combine their course offerings for students to complete the degree. Students may complete 32 credit hours offered from Arkansas Tech-Ozark, with ASUMH providing the remaining 28 credit hours.

ASUMH’s funeral science program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), which serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in funeral service and mortuary science education. The ABFSE is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation in this field.

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