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Funeral Service Overview

This program prepares you for a career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in a profession that demands compassion, dedication and creativity. Our rigorous curriculum trains students to become among the best funeral directors in the expanding death-care profession. Once accepted into the program, students are immersed in all facets of the funeral profession.

Students are provided a variety of unique learning opportunities through lectures, hands-on labs, field trips, seminars, guest speakers and internships.

Facilities include classrooms, state-of-the-art embalming and restorative art labs, arrangement conference room, merchandise selection room and funeral chapel.

Students who complete the program will earn an associate degree and be eligible to take the National Board Exam for funeral directors (required for licensure).

Coursework will include embalming, arranger training, grief studies, business management, religious funeral practices, regulatory compliance and more.

This program is offered as a partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Students complete one year at CVTC, then transfer to MATC to complete the degree.

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Career Opportunities

Funeral Director

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Licensed Funeral Director

Just the Facts

Funeral Service
64 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years
(Second Year at MATC in Milwaukee)

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire
(Finished at MATC in Milwaukee)

Program Location //
August, January, and June

Start Months //
August, January, and June

Next Start Date //
June 12, 2023

Start Dates //
August, January, and June

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $11,571

* Pricing for third/fourth terms should be confirmed with MATC.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Funeral Service program.

General Anatomy & Physiology
Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body.

This course examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms.

Laws, Rules and Regulations of Funeral Service
(Taken at MATC in Milwaukee.)
This course examines the legal responsibilities, duties, rights, and liabilities of the funeral director and funeral establishment.

Funeral Service Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.


Yearly Salary

Funeral Service professionals make an average starting salary of $53,330.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.