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Funeral Service Degree - curriculum
2012-13 Funeral Service Associate in Applied Science Degree —
West Allis Campus
Program Code: 10-528-1

This curriculum goes into effect as of summer 2012.

Overview — Funeral Service is an associate degree program that prepares you for a career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. A one-year apprenticeship must be served before or after the Funeral Service program. The program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE, 3432 Ashland Avenue, St. Joseph, MO, 64506, 816-233-3747. Web: www.ABFSE.org) and is recognized by the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Examining Board. This program offers the advantages of on-campus laboratories fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. The curriculum provides instruction through lab and role-playing experiences to develop skills in arrangement interviewing, merchandising and conducting of funerals. The Funeral Service Internship (FUNERL-105) is a required component of the program.

The annual passage rate of first-time takers of the National Board Exam (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE-accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site, www.ABFSE.org

Career Outlook — There continues to be high demand for licensed funeral directors and embalmers. For additional career information, visit www.wfda.orgwww.nfda.org or www.ABFSE.org

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect a new licensee to:

  • Prepare the dead human body for viewing, including case analysis, embalming, cosmetizing and restorations
  • Comply with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards
  • Demonstrate the abilities to coordinate people and activities
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of mourners in a tactful, discreet and compassionate manner
  • Apply counseling skills to the arrangement of funerals
  • Be familiar with the burial rituals of various religious faiths and fraternal organizations

 

Preparation for Admission - This program admits students through a petition selection process.

What is the petitioning process? (PDF)
Am I ready to petition? (PDF)
Petition Packet (PDF)


Special Admission Requirement:
A minimum of 57 college credits from an accredited college (including MATC) or university, with a grade of C or better, is required before entering this program. See an MATC counselor or program advisor about courses that must be included in the 57 credits.

The following are also required for admission:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level biology and chemistry
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment.

Licensing Examinations— Students are required to take the National Board Examination of the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards during their internship (FUNERL-105) as a prerequisite to graduation. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the State of Wisconsin Funeral Directors Examination.


 This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Related Programs:

Human Service Associate
Liberal Arts and Sciences

For more information, call 414-456-5310.

Curriculum effective 2012-13.

TECHNICAL STUDIES

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

ACCTG-110

Financial Accounting

3

(2)

BADM-160

Business Law 1

3

(2)

FUNERL-105

Funeral Service Internship Management/Embalming ‡

5

(3)

 

FUNERL-110

Introduction to Funeral Service ‡

2

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-112

Funeral Service Law ‡

2

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-116

Funeral Service Practices ‡

4

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-131

Embalming 1 ‡

4

 

(3)

NATSCI-107

Pathology ‡ 

2

(4)

 

BADM-169

Public Health Law and Administration ‡

1

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-117

Funeral Service Management ‡

4

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-120

Restorative Art ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-132

Embalming 2 ‡

4

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-153

Psychology of Funeral Service ‡

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

OR

Any 200-series ECON course

 


ENG-151


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

OR

ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

 


NATSCI-177


General Anatomy and Physiology ‡


4

 

 

NATSCI-197

Microbiology ‡

4

 

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

 

OR

Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

 

OR

Any 200-series HIST or SOCSCI course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested Electives: Six Credits Needed                                         

 

 

 

BADM-134

Business Organization and Management

 

 

 

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology

 

 

 

SOCSCI-210

Death and Dying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 69

 

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Prerequisite required.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.