Funeral Service Education

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Funeral Service Education is for the person who seeks a Career in the care and preparation of human remains as well as an understanding of the ceremonies and funeral rites practiced by a variety of cultures. Students will also be exposed to counseling at the time of death and in the post services phase.  Our program will educate students in every aspect of funeral service including history, philosophy, chemistry, accounting and more.

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The Funeral Service Education degree prepares students for entry-level positions in funeral service. The student is exposed to theory-based and clinical experiences reflective of the current industry standards. It is designed to meet the prerequisites for licensure and employment in the field of funeral service as funeral directors or embalmers. 



Funeral Service is for the person who seeks a dynamic rewarding career in human services.  This career path is ideal for the empathetic individuals who seek rewards in service and have an interest in science.  Course work covers a variety of subjects including Law, Public Health and Technical Sciences, Social Sciences and Business/Management.




For more information, please call the Science and Technology Division office at (650) 306-3291.


Career Opportunities

Management of all aspects of a funeral home.
Care and preparation of deceased humans.
Arrange and direct funeral services, memorial services and celebration of life events.
Assist at funeral services, memorial services and celebration of life events.
Oversee the daily operations of a cremation services.
Autopsy technician, Body donation program and hospital morgue attendants.

2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Funeral Workers

  • $58,310/annual
  • $28.04/hour


  • $ 50,100/annual
  • $24.09/hour

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice. 
  • Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance. 
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains. 
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  • Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  • Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.




  • Embalming
  • Human Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Pathology
  • Restorative Art

Business Management and Professional

  • Funeral Directing
  • Accounting
  • Funeral Service Management
  • Funeral Service Merchandising
  • Cremation
  • Small Business Management
  • Communications

Social Science/Humanities

  • Sociology
  • Funeral Service History
  • Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling

Legal, Ethical and Regulatory

  • Funeral Service Law
  • Business Law
  • Ethics

The Funeral Service Education program at Cañada College is NOT CURRENTLY accredited but will be seeking accreditation by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: