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Today’s funeral directors specialize in many ar¬eas. 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 and provide various special skills for preparing arrangements for viewings, funeral services, and disposition. Students will also learn ethical funeral home management and applicable laws enforced by the regulatory agencies that oversee death care.
Our program offers two online curriculums:
Graduates typically will find employment opportunities in:
We have several online resources for more information about this department and its specific program(s):
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.