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Funeral Service

A compassionate way to make a difference

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 requirements of the law, and securing all the essential information for legal documents. TCC’s nationally accredited funeral service program combines technical education with the business skills necessary for you to become successful in a field where jobs are plentiful.

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Associate of Applied Science - Funeral Service

TCC’s funeral service program provides an extensive program designed to prepare students for careers in the field of mortuary science. With an extensive curriculum covering everything from chemistry and restorative art to funeral service law, you’ll learn through hands-on training in the embalming lab.

Additional Program Information:

The Funeral Service program at Tidewater Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). 992 Mantua Pike Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097; telephone: 816-233-3747; website:


Admission to the funeral service program is selective and requires a separate application in addition to general admission to the college.

To qualify for this competitive program, you will need to complete the Funeral Service Program Application.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the funeral service program. If admitted, students must meet certain conditions for continuance.

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Learn about the Program Completion Rates

Scholarships are available for students interested in funeral services at American Board of Funeral Service Education, Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc., One Hundred Black Women of Funeral Service, Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and at Service Corporation International.

  • To maintain a high level of post-secondary education designed to prepare students for successful careers as funeral service professionals.
  • To provide an extensive curriculum designed to address all aspects of funeral service, thereby helping students develop a level of skill and proficiency necessary to compete in this ever changing field.
  • To instill in students the desire and knowledge to serve the public with the highest ethical standards.
  • To encourage and provide a forum where students and industry professionals may conduct research related to funeral service.
  • To promote a positive image of the profession and its practitioners.
  • To serve the funeral service community by providing continuing education and life-long learning.
  • To make students ever mindful of their responsibilities to the profession and the clients they serve.
  • To encourage students to contribute to the community in which they serve by providing outstanding service, while cognizant of all regulatory issues pertinent to the health, public safety, and “care of the deceased.”
  • The Tidewater Community College Funeral Service Program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the death care industry. This includes preparation for the National Board Funeral Service Exam (NBE) administered by the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards ( Passage of the NBE is required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for licensure as a funeral service provider. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult the licensing board in that state to confirm whether this program meets your states requirements prior to enrolling. More information on accredited mortuary programs and the NBE can be found at the American Board of Funeral Service Education’s website here.

    Learn about the Program Completion Rates.

    Is this program for you?

    Yes, if you:
    • have excellent interpersonal skills
    • are detail-oriented
    • embrace a flexible, non-traditional work schedule