Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service

Commonwealth’s Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service program is offered partially online and is designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential for employment as an embalmer and funeral director. Students can obtain their degree in as little as 12-15 months. As a graduate of this program, you will possess the skills necessary to disinfect, preserve and/or restore a dead human body through embalming and restorative art for the purposes of burial or other means of final disposition.

Students will learn how to conduct funeral service ceremonies of various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, humanistic and nontraditional customs. Students will learn how to conduct funeral arrangement conferences with families, complete necessary paperwork in funeral home management and implement proper workplace safety guidelines for funeral service personnel.

Graduates of this program may find entry-level employment as an apprentice/intern/provisional licensee with funeral homes, embalming services, cemeteries, pre-need sales and affiliate funeral service merchandise companies, and embalming chemical companies.

Individuals seeking these credentials must also meet the requirements of the appropriate licensing agencies. Students must take the National Board Exam as a condition for graduation from the AAS program.

Commonwealth’s 2018 – 2019  Course Catalog

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service · 415 Barren Springs Drive · Houston, Texas 77090 · www.commonwealth.edu