John A. Gupton College - Nashville, TN

Mission/Objectives

A Professional Tradition Since 1946

The mission of John A. Gupton College is to provide a basic liberal arts education as well as a professional curriculum in funeral arts and sciences. The course work leads to the Associates of Arts Degree, the Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Funeral Director Certificate. The liberal arts component is also designed to serve as the foundation for the pursuit of other degrees. Our curriculum is designed on the collegiate level, with the dual purpose of fulfilling the needs both of students who wish to eventually pursue other degrees and of those going directly into Funeral Service Careers.

John A Gupton College offers three programs of study: the Associate of Arts Degree in Funeral Service,  the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service and the Funeral Director Certificate.


 

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of John A. Gupton College is to provide a basic liberal arts education as well as a professional curriculum in funeral arts and sciences. The course of study leads to the Associate of Arts Degree, the Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Funeral Director Certificate. The liberal arts component is equally designed to serve as the foundation for the pursuit of other degrees.


 

Statement of Objectives

John A. Gupton College has adopted two (2) primary objectives in order to achieve the purpose of the institution. These objectives are:

1. John A. Gupton College is committed to providing basic liberal arts educational opportunities:

  • by providing a curriculum consisting of general educational components
  • by assisting students in the selection of an honorable profession
  • by providing opportunities for students to strengthen their skills in communication, both in writing and speaking
  • by familiarizing the student with significant accomplishments in the arts and sciences
  • by providing an environment of cultural and social diversity
  • by emphasizing the need for lifetime physical and psychological well-being
  • by emphasizing logical thinking and fiscal responsibility

2. John A. Gupton College is committed to the development of funeral service professionals:

  • by providing a curriculum in funeral service arts and sciences
  • by providing first-hand clinical experiences in embalming and restorative art
  • by placing the student in an off-campus practicum under the supervision of a preceptor
  • by graduating students who are marketable in the funeral profession
  • by preparing students to be able to perform satisfactorily on exams for professional licensure

 

Philosophy of Funeral Service Education

The central aim of John A. Gupton College is to have funeral service education personnel that are members of the human service profession, members of the community in which they serve, members that participate in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession and knowledge of compliance and regulatory guidelines, as well as members that are sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.

Within the philosophy of educating the total person, Gupton College strives to achieve the following goals as expressed by the American Board of Funeral Service Education:

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary of the profession, as defined in the Preamble above.
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  • To provide a curriculum at the post secondary level of instruction.
  • To encourage research in the field of funeral service.
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