Hearse and Flowers

Funeral Service

Associate Degree

64-66 credits | 2 years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, and MATC**

*First-year coursework will be available at Northwood Tech through multiple delivery options, including On Site, Your Choice, or Online instruction
**Second-year coursework will be available at MATC through a high-flex delivery system, including face-to-face, virtual or recorded lectures. Students will be required to travel to MATC (West Allis Campus) for labs/tours.

Career Cluster: Human Services

Funeral Service is a shared program with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Please see their college webpage for more details, including program and graduation requirements: Funeral Service | MATC. Degree will be conferred by MATC.

Program Overview

The Funeral Service program includes skills needed for a career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in a profession that demands compassion, dedication and creativity. Once accepted into the program, you are immersed in all facets of the funeral profession. Training takes place through lectures, hands-on labs, field trips, seminars, guest speakers and internships. Coursework includes embalming, arranger training, grief studies, business management, religious funeral practices, regulatory compliance and more. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn an associate degree and be eligible to take the National Board Exam for funeral directors (required for licensure).

Program Outcomes

MATC Funeral Services graduates will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice
  • Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains
  • Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved
  • Explain management skills associated with operation a funeral establishment
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice
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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.

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Academics

First year coursework will be available at Northwood Tech through multiple delivery options, including On Site (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake or Superior), Your Choice, or Online instruction.

Second year coursework will be available at MATC through a high-flex delivery system, including face to face, virtual or recorded lecture. Students will be required to travel to MATC (West Allis Campus) for labs/tours.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Enhance your training by enrolling in the Wisconsin Funeral Director’s Apprentice with MATC.

Hands-On Experience

During the second year of the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in lab-based courses offered in a flexible format.

Practical Experience

Gain practical experience while enrolled in this program. During the second year of the program, you will have the opportunity to complete field experiences.


Curriculum

First year coursework will be available at Northwood Tech through multiple delivery options, including On Site, Your Choice, or Online instruction.

Second year coursework will be available at MATC through a high-flex delivery system, including face to face, virtual or recorded lecture. Students will be required to travel to MATC (West Allis Campus) for labs/tours.

 

Featured Funeral Service Courses

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Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth and the relationship between humans and microbes. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms and the medical impact of microbes. Presents the role of microbes in the environment, industry, and biotechnology. This course includes a one-credit lab component that supports the course objectives. Students in this college transfer course will complete a scholarly research/academic assignment. PREREQUISITE: 10806177 General Anatomy and Physiology, preferably within the last five years or 10806105 Principles of Animal Biology. NOTE: This course is recognized for general education transfer as part of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System/Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Universal Credit Transfer Agreement (UCTA).
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Business Law provides the student with a working knowledge of the legal system, business ethics, and essentials of contracts. Students gain knowledge in logical and analytical thinking, and are encouraged to challenge legal issues and defend their point of view.
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UGRD
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Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication. This course focuses on writing-intensive practices and meets expectations of High Impact Practice courses. NOTE: This course is recognized for general education transfer as part of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System/Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Universal Credit Transfer Agreement (UCTA).

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech and MATC break down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. For MATC tuition and fee information, please see their website:  Tuition & Fees | MATC

Financial Aid

The Funeral Service degree is conferred through MATC. During your first year, you will work with the Northwood Tech Financial Aid Office to complete the appropriate financial aid consortium paperwork needed for a shared program. During your second year, you will work directly with the MATC Financial Aid Office. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2022-23*

Funeral Service

64-66 credits | 2 years

$ 4,817

The above estimate reflects the first-year tuition and fees at Northwood Tech. Please work with MATC for tuition and fees related to the second year of the program.


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies, or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the Northwood Tech portion of the Funeral Service Program:

Upon completion of the first year, you will continue your education with MATC. As this is a shared program, the degree will be conferred through MATC.

For more information related to graduation, board, and employment rates, please refer to ABFSE - or the MATC Funeral Service webpage: Funeral Service |MATC

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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Accreditation

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. ABFSE

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


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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Nicole Messicci

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715.788.7144

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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715.685.3039

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

715.752.8119

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715.319.7337

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