Funeral Service

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Program Information

  • Location: West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-528-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Program

DESCRIPTION

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.

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.


Detailed Program Information

Curriculum

TECHNICAL STUDIES

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

   

(1)

 

ACCTG-110

Financial Accounting

3

 

(2)

 

BADM-165

Legal Environment of Business

3

 

(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.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare the deceased human body for identification, viewing, including case analysis, embalming, cosmetizing and restorations
  • Comply with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards
  • Document and coordinate people and funeral related activities
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of mourners in a tactful, discreet and compassionate manner
  • Apply counseling skills to the arrangement of funerals
  • Recognize the burial rituals of various religious faiths, military branches, public service, and fraternal organizations

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.

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.

Possible Careers

  • Funeral Director
  • Embalmer

Admission Requirements

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:

  • One year of high school-level biology and chemistry

Scholarships

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Accreditation

Funeral Service
American Board of Funeral Service Education
992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
816-233-3747
www.abfse.org

QUESTIONS?

West Allis Campus: 414-456-5500

Last updated: 02/20/2020