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Funeral Service

Associate Degree  |  10-528-1  |  1-800-547-2882


This program prepares you for a career as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in a profession that demands compassion, dedication and creativity.  The rigorous curriculum at CVTC and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) trains students to become among the best Funeral Directors in the expanding death-care profession.  This program is a shared program between MATC and CVTC.  Students will complete the first year of the program at CVTC and the second year of the program at Milwaukee Area Technical College for the hands-on Funeral Service core program courses.

Academic Advising & Student Success

Academic advisors assist students with developing academic plans based on their degree evaluations. Their goal is to plan the right path way to graduation by maximizing student's potential and ensuring success based on student's previous academic experience, career path, and responsibilities outside of being a student.  Student Success Specialists assist students in overcoming barriers that many students encounter over their academic career.  Their goal is to help students become academically successful by assisting with goal setting, interpersonal issues, success plans, and community-based referrals.  More information can be found on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Academic Support

Free academic help including drop-in tutoring, test preparation, and technology support available online and face-to-face. More information is available on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Admission Requirements (For MATC)

General Studies Credit Requirements
Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better is required.

Course Name

Course Number

English Composition 1


Oral/Interpersonal Communication


Intro to Psychology


Intro to Sociology


Business & Science Credits
Completion of the following courses with a grade of "B-" or better is required.

Course Name

Course Number

General Anatomy and Physiology




General Chemistry


Accounting 1


Business Law


Criminal Background

This is an admissions requirement.  Complete the MATC Background Check Acknowledgement Form, an actual Criminal Background Check is done during the Apprentice Course.  *The cost of the criminal background check, drug testing, health examination and immunizations are the responsibility of the student.

MATC Transfer Courses

Each course students take the first two semesters at CVTC will directly transfer to Milwaukee Area Technical College. Here are the CVTC -> MATC course transfer equivalents.

CVTC Course

MATC Course

801-136  |  English Composition 1 (3 Credits)

ENG-195  |  Written Communication (3 Credits) or
ENG-201  |  English 1 (3 Credits)

801-198  |  Speech (3 Credits) or
801-196  |  Oral/Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits)

ENG-196  |  Oral/Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits) or
Any 200-Level ENG or SPEECH Course

806-177  |  General Anatomy and Physiology (4 Credits)

NATSCI-177  |  General Anatomy and Physiology (4 Credits)

809-198  |  Intro to Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYCH-199  |  Psychology of Human Relations (3 Credits) or
Any 200-Series PSYCH Course

809-196  |  Intro to Sociology (3 Credits)

SOCSCI-197  |  Contemporary American Society (3 Credits) or
SOCSCI-210  |  Death and Dying (3 Credits)

806-197  |  Microbiology (4 Credits)

NATSCI-197  |  Microbiology (4 Credits)

806-134  |  General Chemistry (4 Credits)

FUNERL-106  |  Thanatochemistry (3 Credits)

101-111  |  Accounting 1 (4 Credits)

ACCTG-110  |  Financial Accounting (3 Credits)

102-160  |  Business Law (3 Credits)

BADM-165  |  Legal Environment of Business (3 Credits)

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL offers CVTC students an opportunity to earn college credit toward an associate degree or technical diploma for previous knowledge and mastered skills directly related to the program curriculum.  Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military experiences, and courses completed at other institutions.  More information can be found at

Pre-program Students

Students who have pre-program status have been accepted into the college but not into the program.  Pre-program status may be granted because the program is filled to capacity, admission requirements need to be satisfied, or the program start date is in the future.  By completing these general education courses ahead of time, students can decrease their credit load when they reach the highly demanding core program courses and increase their success rate in the program.  Refer to the Transfer Credit section for the list of courses typically taken by pre-program students.

These courses are typically taken by pre-program students:

  • 801-136 English Composition 1
  • 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication or 801-198 Speech
  • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology
  • 809-198 Intro to Psychology
  • 809-196 Intro to Sociology
  • 806-197 Microbiology
  • 806-134 General Chemistry
  • 101-111 Accounting 1
  • 102-106 Business Law

Transfer Credit

Required 100-Level Courses

Alternate 200-Level Courses

801-136 English Composition 1

801-219 English Composition 1

801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication

810-205 Interpersonal/Small Group Communication

809-198 Intro to Psychology

809-251 General Psychology

ALL Funeral Services program credits will transfer to Milwaukee Area Technical College's Funeral Services Program.

Financial Aid Consideration

Financial Aid for this shared program will be completed via a consortium agreement with MATC.  Please contact MATC with questions regarding your financial aid.  To be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress and complete their program by the time 150% of the published credits have been attempted.

Students with Disabilities

CVTC welcomes individuals with disabilities.  We will provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations for all individuals with documented disabilities.  Students that might benefit from accommodations during their college experience at CVTC can contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for and what documentation may be required.

Title IX Pregnancy and Postpartum

CVTC does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations.  Absences due to medical conditions relating pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student's medical provider, and students will be given opportunity to make up missed work.  Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soo as the pregnancy is known.

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