Funeral Service Certificate



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.
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.

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 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 1271 Funeral Service State Board Preparation

This is an intensive review of the curriculum in the funeral service certificate program. The course is intended to prepare students for the State 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 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.
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 

Total Credit Hours
17





Total Program Hours
32



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Funeral Directing Certificate program of­fers a full-time, 10-month program online. Certificate students focus on merchandising, business management and practices, account­ing, psychology, and an introductory overview of embalming and restorative art practices. The certificate program also offers a special­ized cremation course, incorporating the Cre­mation Association of North America’s (CANA) Crematory Operations Certification Program (COCP). Students who pass CANA’s COCP exam have the opportunity to receive a Crematory Operator’s Certification at the end of the term.


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:

N/A


 

For More Information Contact

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