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Funeral Service

Associate of Applied Science

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A compassionate way to make a difference

TCC's Funeral Service Program is one of two accredited funeral service programs in Virginia

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If you are sensitive person with excellent communication skills seeking a career that makes an impact in the community, consider becoming a funeral director.

A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects associated with funeral service, including support for the bereaved, preparing the body according to the wishes of the survivors and requirement of the law, and securing all the essential information for legal documents.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service combines technical education with the business skills necessary for you to become successful in a field where jobs are plentiful. The accredited program features a diversified curriculum that addresses the evolving needs and demands of funeral directing, embalming and business management.

Program head Frank Walton has been a funeral services practitioner for 25 years and gives workshops on restorative art and embalming in 40 states.

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95 percent pass rate on the National Board Examination is the highest in Virginia

Students have paid internships at area funeral homes, and many are hired prior to graduation

Hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art embalming lab on the Virginia Beach Campus

National accreditation

TCC's funeral services program is accredited by The American Board of Funeral Services Education


Meet TCC funeral services graduate Bryan Nichols


“There’s so much value in funeral service that people don’t understand,” says Kim Jones, associate professor for TCC’s Funeral Service Program

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC's Funeral Service Program consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part-time.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
67 credits x $172.35 per credit = $11,547.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Where can you go?

While most graduates find employment with an associate degree, you can pursue a bachelor’s in mortuary science or a related field such as psychology, biology, theology or business administration at a four-year institution.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have excellent communication skills
  • are detail-oriented
  • embrace a flexible schedule