Today’s funeral directors specialize in many areas. This unique career requires the ability to have sympathy and provide empathy for those struggling with loss. As a licensed professional, a funeral director must be able to assist and support the bereaved, understand and provide various special skills for preparing a deceased body for viewing, and follow all applicable laws put in place by the regulatory agencies overseeing death care.
What options do I have at NTCC?
Funeral Director and Embalming Studies
NTCC's Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service offers education in both funeral directing and embalming. Students will gain an understanding of progressive business practices in the funeral industry and a technical education about the physical death process. The A.A.S. degree will also include classes on current events in the funeral industry and a specialized course about cremation.
Funeral Directing Only Studies
The Certificate program offers a 10-month program for those who would prefer to just study the funeral directing aspect of the industry. Certificate students focus on merchandising, business management and practices, accounting, psychology, and an introductory overview of embalming and restorative art practices.
Our online courses have been designed with the student in mind. We offer flexibility while still having instructor lead content that offers regular and substantial interactions between students, and students and instructors. Student will be required to participate in clinical/internship hours at a funeral facility local to them. Our clinical lab instructor works with you to facilitate practical experiences that work within your schedule and within a reasonable distance from your home. Student’s pursuing their A.A.S. will be required a campus visit in their final semester. In accordance with the American Board of Funeral Service Education Standards students will receive hands-on restorative art experiences during their on-campus visit. In addition to the restorative art component, while on-campus, students will receive practical experiences in both funeral directing and embalming.