NCC’s funeral service education program is designed to provide the best possible learning experience for students interested in advancing into the profession. The program aims to recognize the importance of funeral directors as: members of the community in which they serve; liaisons for bereaved families in selecting, planning and conducting funeral services; and professionals compliant with federal and state regulations. Funeral service students also learn the significance of sensitivity and responsibility for public health and safety, and the welfare in caring for human remains.
The program, which is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, is designed to give students an understanding of funeral home operation, funeral directing, cremation services, and public health and embalming. Students not only develop a comprehensive understanding of preparation of a body and ceremony according to the wishes of the survivors, but are also taught to prepare prearrangements, file death certificates and legal documents, and to direct individuals into grief counseling or support group activities. Funeral Service operates as a business but also requires professionals in the field to exhibit sensitivity and compassion in dealing with bereaved families and to be open-minded about the ways in which people of different faiths and cultures express their feelings and practice their beliefs.
Acceptance into the program is competitive, and applicants must have completed minimum admission requirements of high school biology and chemistry labs with a C and an overall high school GPA of 2.5 or better. Those who have completed college prerequisites must also have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Those who are not academically prepared may be considered for the Pre-Core Funeral Service Education program, where an advisor will help students choose courses that will prepare them for the program core. There is a February 1st preferred application deadline.