Distance Learning

What Is Distance Learning?

The Distance Learning program allows the student an opportunity to complete general studies courses at home. These courses are necessary for obtaining an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. Distance Learning classes are delivered to the student through the Internet, allowing the student to forego the time he or she would normally spend in the classroom setting.

  Liberal Arts Courses
Available Through Distance Learning

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Tuition
 ENG 101  English Composition  5 Qtr Hrs  $1,250.00
 ENG 102  Introduction to Literature  5 Qtr Hrs  $1,250.00
 HIS 101  U.S. History Before 1865  5 Qtr Hrs  $1,250.00
 HIS 102  U.S. History After 1865  5 Qtr Hrs  $1,250.00
 MGT 101  Business Math  5 Qtr Hrs  $1,250.00
 MGT 102  General Psychology  5 Qtr Hrs  $1,250.00

Only those applicants for the Associate of Science Degree in Funeral Service may take Distance Learning Courses through Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. New students enrolling into the in-residence funeral service curriculum which begins third quarter must have successfully completed all liberal arts courses required in first and second quarters, either through distance learning, or in-residence at Gupton-Jones, or at a regionally accredited institution. A grade of "C" or higher is required for transfer of credit courses. In order to eliminate the first two quarters of the Associate of Science program in-residence at Gupton-Jones, the student must take ENG 101, ENG 102, HIS 101, HIS 102, and MGT 101, and MGT 102 prior to taking on-campus courses. Distance Learning courses are not available for third, fourth, fifth, and sixth quarters which comprise the funeral service curriculum.

How Do Distance Learning Courses Compare to Courses on Campus?

Each course is the equivalent of the on-campus section of the same course in the terms of objectives, content, and transferability between each Pierce Mortuary College. Students must meet stated prerequisites where applicable.

Except at another Pierce Mortuary College, the course curriculum may or may not transfer to another college or university. Determination of transfer credit for Distance Learning classes taken at a Pierce Mortuary College and transferred to other colleges or universities is solely at the discretion of that college's administrators.

What Is Included In A Distance Learning Class?

A Distance Learning Class includes:

Lectures, notes, and assignments available through their home or office computer. 
Interaction with the instructor or other students through the use of phone calls, facsimile machines, and electronic mail. 
Textbook, study guides, and supplemental reading where applicable.
Students taking these courses must have a computer, an Internet connection, and an e-mail account. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is recommended; use of any other browser is discourage (other browser may cause undesirable results in the classroom website).
Final Examination will be given at Gupton-Jones College.
Participation in special activities related to the course, if applicable.

Who May Be Admitted To A Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service Distance Learning Course?

Only those applicants for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service may take Distance Learning Courses through Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. The rules and regulations pertaining to the educational standards which must be met by the applicant prior to his or her enrollment in the college are prescribed by the state approval agencies and examining boards in various states. It is essential that the applicant consult the secretary of his or her state board or the registrar of the college well in advance of the desired date of enrollment. The minimum requirement for admission in all cases is high school graduation or its equivalent. Contact the Registrar at Gupton-Jones for an Application for Matriculation.

How Much Does Distance Learning Cost?

Distance learning courses cost the same as our on campus courses. To view the costs of tuition go to the tuition and fees section of the website, here.

How Do I Register?

You may register by contacting the Office of the Registrar at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and requesting an Application for Matriculation or by accessing the application section of this website.

Applications should be submitted no later than thirty (30) days prior to the start of the quarter, and should be accompanied by the following:

$50.00 non-refundable Application Fee.
Official high school transcript certifying graduation, GED, or other equivalent, as well as transcripts of any college work completed.
A recent photograph

When Do I Register?

There are four (4) registration dates each year for Distance Learning Classes. These correspond with the start dates of the college's quarters. Refer to the Supplement to the Catalog or the college website for these dates. The length of time a student has to complete each course will be the same as the student who attends on-campus classes.

What Are The Grading and Testing Procedures?

The grade of a student in any course represents all the work of the student in the course, including assignments and examinations, combined in such proportion as the instructor in charge of the course may decide. Make-up or completion of incomplete course work will be solely at the discretion of the instructor.

The student will be required to appear in person at the College to take all final exams at the end of the quarter. Time and date will be arranged with the instructor. 

 Letter Grades 

Corresponding Numerical Value 

 Grade   Numeric Value   Interpretation 
 A  93-100  Excellent
 B  85-92  Good
 C  75-84  Average
 D  70-74  Poor
 F  Below 70  Failure

The College maintains complete records of the academic progress of all students. The students will be mailed copies of their grades at the end of each academic quarter.

Withdrawal From A Distance Learning Class

A student withdrawing from the College must make a formal declaration of intention to withdraw and must clear oneself in every respect with the College. Merely discontinuing assignments and examinations does not constitute formal withdrawal. A student who does not notify the College in writing or e-mail will receive a failing grade for the work taken while enrolled in the Distance Learning Program. Any consideration for tuition refund will be based on the date of formal notification.

What If I Have Questions?

Each instructor maintains designated times throughout the quarter to take phone calls and answer questions. These individual hours are noted on the course syllabus, as well as pertinent e-mail addresses, physical addresses, facsimile and phone numbers.

For Further Information, Please Contact us at:

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
5141 Snapfinger Woods Drive
Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia 30035-4022
Fax 770-593-1891
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In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-352) we accept students without regard to race, color, sex, creed, disability, or national origin.