Funeral Service, AAS



Year 1 Semester 1
Fall
MRTS 1330 Funeral Service Internship Orientation

Preparation for funeral service career facilitated with on-site observation and participation. Instruction in equipment use procedures and functions in the daily operation of a funeral home.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Program Director permission or acceptance to the Funeral Service program


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 1342 Mortuary Management I

Introduction to basic accounting and bookkeeping and processing of survivor benefits. Projects in generating forms and documents related to disposition of human remains utilizing computer software designed for mortuaries. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and one hour of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

Intensive study of and practice in professional settings. Focus on the types of documents necessary to make decisions and take action on the job such as proposals reports instructions policies and procedures email messages letters and descriptions of products and services. Practice individual and collaborative processes involved in the creation of ethical and efficient documents.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications

Introduces and develops foundational skills in applying essential and emerging business productivity information technology tools. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications including word processing spreadsheets databases presentation graphics data analytics and business-oriented utilization of the internet.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Knowledge of keyboard.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of behavior. Special emphasis is placed on methods of research and critical thinking skills. This is a survey course and covers a variety of topics theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. PSYC 2301 is reading and writing intensive and is a college sophomore course.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Total Credit Hours
15

Year 1 Semester 2
Spring
MRTS 1191 Special Topics in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science

Topics address recently identified current events skills knowledges and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
1 credit hour.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MRTS 1301 MRTS 1330 MRTS 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 1301 Contemporary Funeral Service Practices

Survey of general principles related to customs religions human relations and social behavior. Presentation of the requirements for burial cremation donation and burial at-sea. An introduction to funeral counseling as a basis for fulfillment of responsibilities. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

Program Director permission or acceptance to the Funeral Service program.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 2335 Mortuary Jurisprudence

A survey of general principles of mortuary and business law. Emphasis is on ethical practice. Compliance with pre-need and at-need regulatory agencies included. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

MRTS 1330 ENGL 2311 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 2342 Mortuary Management II

Examination of the management of funeral home as a small business. Topics include funeral service merchandising and marketing human resource functions and professional practice. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

MRTS 1342 or permission from the department chair


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

PSYT 1325 Death and Dying

Study of the cultural and social norms values and beliefs and behaviors associated with end-of-life experiences. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week.
Total Credit Hours
13

Year 1 Semester 3
Summer
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context with emphasis on audience analysis speaker delivery ethics of communication cultural diversity and speech organizational techniques to develop students' speaking abilities.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Eligibility to enroll in INRW 0302 

BIOL 2404 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology

Survey of Anatomy & Physiology is a single-semester survey course covering the structure and function of the human body. Major topics include cell structure and function tissues and organ systems including the neuroendocrine integumentary musculoskeletal digestive circulatory respiratory urinary and reproductive systems. This course cannot replace BIOL 2401 or BIOL 2402 but can be used as preparation for BIOL 2401 or for preparation for certain certificate programs or as a non-major science elective to some universities.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Total Credit Hours
7

Year 2 Semester 1
Fall
MRTS 1225 Thanatochemistry

A survey of the basic principles of chemistry as they relate to funeral service. The chemical principles and precautions involved in sanitation disinfection public health and embalming practice will be stressed. The government regulation of chemicals currently used in funeral service is reviewed. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
2 credit hours
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and one hour of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 1320 Crematory Operations

A study of the general principles of crematory operations. Presentation of legal requirements procedures liabilities records maintenance for cremation and disposition of cremated remains. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and one hour of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Permission of the program director


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 2231 Human Anatomy

Examination of the major systems of the human body with emphasis on the circulatory system. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
2 credit hours
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
One hour of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

BIOL 2404 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 2244 Technical Procedures I

Introduction to the fundamentals in the preservation disinfection and restoration of human remains. Presentation of treatment planning and application in preparation for professional practice. (Fall)

Credit hours
2 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Seven hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Program Director permission and BIOL 2404


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Majors Funeral Science

This course covers basic microbiology and immunology and is primarily directed at funeral science majors. It provides an introduction to historical concepts of the nature of microorganisms microbial diversity the importance of microorganisms and acellular agents and their roles in human diseases and pathophysiology.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture each week.
Total Credit Hours
12

Year 2 Semester 2
Spring
MRTS 1272 Funeral Service Arts Board Preparation

This is an intensive review of the curriculum in the funeral arets sections in preparation for the State Board Exam. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
2 credit hours
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

MRTS 1301 MRTS 1330 MRTS 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 1273 Funeral Service Science Board Preparation

This is an intensive review of the curriculum in the funeral service science sections in preparation for the National Board Exam.

Credit hours
2 credit hours
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture each week.
Prerequisites

MRTS 1301 MRTS 1330 MRTS 1342 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 1286 Internship - Funeral Services and Mortuary Science

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (Fall Spring)

Credit hours
2 credit hours
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Twelve hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MRTS 2447 Technical Procedures II

A continuation of Technical Procedures I. Introduction of additional topics on treatment planning and application.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

Program Director permission


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

Total Credit Hours
13


Total Program Hours
60



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

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.


Recommended High School Endorsement
Business and Industry

Faculty Advisor

Program Director


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

Overall employment of funeral service workers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030. About 4,000 openings for funeral service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

For more information, please visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook at https://www.bls. gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fu­neral-service-occupations.htm#tab-1.


TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES:

Texas A&M Texarkana


 

For More Information Contact

Olga Retana
903-434-8313
oretana@ntcc.edu