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Funeral Directing and Management, AAS


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90 CREDITS

The Funeral Directing and Management AAS degree prepares individuals for professional licensure as funeral directors and as managers of funeral homes, cemeteries, and related services. Includes instruction in the sociology of death and dying, psychology of grief and grief counseling, history of funeral service, funeral direction, business law, funeral service law, funeral home management, accounting and related computer operations, and funeral services marketing and merchandising .

This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program will not have the academic credential for licensure in states where graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

Funeral Directing and Management AAS degree graduates will:

  • explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve
  • identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice
  • demonstrate the skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies
  • describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains
  • describe the methods used to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved
  • explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment
  • demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice
  • recognize the purpose of the Federal Trade Commission and its effect on funeral service
  • explain how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance
  • demonstrate communication, critical thinking, cultural humility, information literacy, and teamwork skills 
  • meet Humanities Natural Science Quantitative Reasoning Social Science , and Written Communication  general education distribution area outcomes

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement


Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits


The following courses from the Program Requirements listed above meet the General Education requirements for this program.

Diversity and Social Justice Requirement


Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101 with the DSJ attribute meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).

Note: Not all sections of a course meet the DSJ requirement. Students should review the class information to ensure the class section includes “course attributes: meets diversity requirement.”

Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.

Students who have taken a DSJ class in a previous certificate or degree, do not have to take another DSJ class.

Total Program Credits: 90


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