Wednesday – November 22, 2017

Funeral Service (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences / Human Services Career Cluster

West Allis Campus
Program Code: 10-528-1

 

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) - Committee on Accreditation (COA) has reaccredited this program for a period of seven years (through October 2021). 

 

Overview — This program prepares you for a career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in a profession that demands compassion, dedication and creativity. Our rigorous curriculum trains students to become among the best funeral directors in the expanding death-care profession. Once accepted into the program, they are immersed in all facets
of the funeral profession.

Coursework will include embalming, arranger training, grief studies, business management, religious funeral practices, law and more. Throughout the two-semester program, students are provided a variety of unique learning opportunities through lectures, hands-on labs, field trips, seminars, guest speakers and internships.

Facilities include classrooms, state-of-the-art embalming and restorative art lab, arrangement conference room, merchandise selection room and funeral chapel.


Students who complete the program will earn an associate degree and be eligible to take the National Board Exam for funeral directors (required for licensure).


Career Outlook — The demand for licensed funeral directors and embalmers continues to grow.
Graduates of this program have a high likelihood of employment in a variety of locations and work settings.

 

The Funeral Service degree program at Milwaukee Area Technical College - West Allis Campus 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

This Funeral Service degree program is recognized by the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Examining Board.

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org.


To request a printed copy of this program's rates, email Julian Jasper, Program Coordinator, jasperj@matc.edu; phone 414.456.5432


 

NATIONAL BOARD EXAM STATISTICS
for MATC Funeral Service Program

3-Year Average

% Pass Arts

% Pass Sciences

2016 - 2014

81%

67%

2015 - 2013

85%

68%

2014 - 2012

83%

61%

Most Recent

# Takers

# Passed

2016 Arts

16

11

2016 Science

15

10

 

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

 

Mortuary Science Program Aims

The MATC Funeral Service associate degree program has as its central aim recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of a human services profession;
  • Members of the community in which they serve;
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state and local regulatory guidelines, as well as;
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains.
 

Mortuary Science Program Objectives

The Mortuary Science Program Objectives are:

  • 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 them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble of the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) Standards for Accreditation;
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical and moral conduct;
  • To provide a curriculum at the postsecondary level of instruction;
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service;
  • To qualify students for professional licensure examination.
 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect a new licensee to:

  • Prepare the body for viewing, including embalming, cosmetizing and restorations
  • Comply with regulatory standards
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of mourners in a 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. 

Learn more about the petition process


Admission Requirements: A minimum of 57 college credits in areas specified by the State Board of Examiners are required for admission into the Funeral Service program. See an MATC program advisor for information.

 

B- (or higher) required in Business and Natural Sciences courses.

C (or higher) required in General Education courses.


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


Start Date: August

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

 

Funeral Service Program Curriculum: 

Curriculum effective 2017-18.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Adviser for specific curriculum requirements. 

 

TECHNICAL STUDIES

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

   

(1)

 

ACCTG-110

Financial Accounting

3

 

(2)

 

BADM-160

Business Law 1

3

 
 
 
  (or) BADM-165 Legal Environment of Business    

(3)

 

FUNERL-110

Introduction to Funeral Service ‡

2

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-112

Laws, Rules and Regulations of Funeral Service ‡

3

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-116

Funeral Service Practices ‡

4

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-131

Embalming Theory ‡

4

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-114

Pathology of Funeral Service ‡

2

 

(3)

 

FUNERL-104

Funeral Service Field Experience 1 ‡

2

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-117

Funeral Service Management ‡

4

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-120

Restorative Art ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-132

Funeral Service Sciences ‡

4

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-153

Psychology of Funeral Service ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FUNERL-105

Funeral Service Field Experience 2 ‡

2

 

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

   
           
    ELECTIVES Suggested Electives: Six Credits Needed 6  
    BADM-134 Business Organization and Management    
    HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology    
    SOCSCI-210 Death and Dying    
           
      Total of the above credits     68  

 

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.


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

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Adviser for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated October 2017.