Eastwick College

Funeral Services Associate Degree Program

Gain the skills to earn industry-recognized certifications

Funeral Services Associate Degree Program in Hackensack, New Jersey

Train for this rewarding career in as few as 24 months!

  • Study close to home at our campus in Hackensack
  • Learn how to restore the body through embalming and other procedures in fully-equipped laboratory classrooms
  • Prepare for a career in funeral directing, funeral arrangement, and positions in a medical examiner’s office

Explore a fulfilling career in the funeral service industry with Eastwick College’s unique Associate in Applied Science in Funeral Service program. While many may perceive the funeral industry as cold and dark, the skills required for this profession align closely with those of a counselor or makeup artist. Professionals in our program focus on honoring and celebrating life by delicately restoring and preserving the body. They offer compassion and solace to family and friends during gatherings to remember the deceased.

Why Train for an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Services?

Acquiring an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Services proves advantageous for individuals aspiring to enter the funeral service industry. This program offers comprehensive training in various facets of the profession, covering embalming, funeral directing, arrangement services, and positions within the Medical Examiner’s Office. The degree not only equips students with the necessary technical skills but also imparts knowledge about the ethical and legal aspects of the industry. Graduates can quickly access diverse career opportunities, including roles as licensed practitioners in embalming, funeral directing, and related positions, thanks to the program’s efficient two-year duration. Hands-on training incorporated into many programs enhances practical skills, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for the challenges of the profession. With professional accreditation from bodies like the American Board of Funeral Service Education, the degree attests to the graduate’s competency and adherence to industry standards. Overall, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Services offers a swift, well-rounded, and accredited path for individuals seeking a meaningful and impactful career in the funeral service sector.

Our program aims to cultivate competent funeral service professionals who understand the importance of their work in various capacities:

  • Members of a human services profession
  • Community contributors
  • Facilitators of relationships between bereaved families and the funeral service profession
  • Practitioners knowledgeable about local, state, and federal regulations
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop and expand students’ background and knowledge about the funeral service profession.
  2. Educate students in every phase of funeral service, fostering proficiency and skills defined by ABFSE.
  3. Instill awareness of the funeral service profession’s responsibilities to the community.
  4. Emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  5. Provide a quality curriculum at the associate degree level exceeding regulatory requirements.
  6. Encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.
  7. Offer a solid base of general education relevant to funeral service practice in diverse settings.

The Funeral Service associate degree program at Eastwick College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

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About Eastwick College

As you pass by classrooms, you’ll notice that they’re buzzing with activity: students are on their feet and working together, learning how to perform an echocardiogram, install an air conditioning and refrigeration unit, or assist in a simulated surgery. We haven’t done away with textbooks entirely, of course, but the emphasis is on taking the knowledge learned in those books and applying them in hands-on settings so that students are confident and capable in what they’ve learned. As a result, classrooms often look more like nursing laboratories, operating rooms, or construction zones, with students working with some of the same equipment and techniques they’ll use on the job.