Funeral Service

Funeral Service Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Goodwin University's Funeral Service Program is to facilitate the training of students to become funeral service professionals and to instill in our students the foundation of integrity, compassion, and moral ethics needed to be successful in our ever-changing contemporary society.

The Funeral Service Department encourages independent thinking through practical application and modern technical instruction.

The Funeral Service Department fosters the importance of community service, reverence and respect for the dead entrusted to their care, and empathy and compassion for the families they will have the privilege to serve.

Students will be encouraged and guided to adapt to secular and religious traditions while always being mindful of Public Health and cognizant of the importance of holding inviolate sacred and confidential information entrusted to them during their service to mankind.

Funeral Service Accreditation Information

The Funeral Service Associate Degree Program at Goodwin University is 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. National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates and employment rates for Lincoln College of New England and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org.

You can request a printed copy of this program's pass rates in person or by mail from Mr. Jesse Gomes, Program Director for Funeral Service, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118, Office of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, or by email at JGomes@Goodwin.edu or by telephone to 860-913-2189.

Program Accredited by ABFSE as continuation of Lincoln College: Associate in Applied Science - Mortuary Science
Lincoln Re-accreditation: April 2015 for period of 7 years
Most recent Accreditation decision: Accepted plan to transfer the accredited program to Goodwin University effective January 2019. Goodwin University to voluntarily apply for Candidacy/Initial Accreditation of their own program in 2019. Evaluation delayed by Covid-19 pandemic.

Program Information - Goodwin University

Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of New Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed In FS
2019 38 38 41 3 71% 61%

Note: Class of 2019 graduates had option to be considered graduates of Lincoln or Goodwin; 2019 New Enrollees at Goodwin will not graduate until 2020 or 2021.

*Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.
**Left before completing the program; did not finish.

Lincoln College of New England - Mortuary Science Program

Closed effective December 31, 2018. The accredited Mortuary Science degree program transferred to Goodwin University in January 2019. Students completing the degree program prior to June 1, 2019 will earn the degree from Lincoln College of New England.

Program Information - Lincoln College

Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of New Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed In FS
2019 41
2018 75 42 33 22/33 67% 1 97% 58%
2017 70 39 23 16/23 74% 26 69% 69%
2016 69 30 30 21/30 71% 19 73% 73%

*Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.
**Left before completing the program; did not finish.

National Board Statistics - Lincoln College

3 year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2017 - 2019 72% 70%
2016 - 2018 77% 74%
2015 - 2017 74% 84%
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2019 Arts 36 26
2019 Sciences 34 27

State Licensure Notice

All applicants must meet the legal and educational requirements prescribed by the laws of the state in which they intend to practice. Review the different state requirements for the most up to date information. Below are list of the New England and Northeast states with their respective state licensure links. Disclosure of the intended State of Licensure is the responsibility of the student.

Connecticut
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Maine
Vermont
New York
Additional states