Funeral Service Education


This two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students for employment as funeral service directors or professional embalmers.

The program will give students the skills needed to start a flexible, well-paying career in the growing field of funeral services. Career options include working for a small family business, a multi-location company, or starting a business.

The program is the only accredited funeral service education degree program in the state and one of only a few on the West Coast. The Funeral Service Education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, 3414 Ashland Ave., Suite G, St. Joseph, MO, 64506, (816) 233-3747.

Practicing His Art

Jon Austin

Jon Austin, an expert in historic preservation techniques, talks about his art in our state-of-the-art embalming lab for show "Mummies Alive!"

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Admission Requirements

  • Entry into this program only requires completion of an admissions application.

  • Applicants for admission should contact their respective state boards of funeral services regarding that state board's approval of this particular program of instruction.

  • The minimum educational requirement for admission to the Funeral Service Education program is graduation from an accredited four-year high school or its equivalent, such as a recognized GED®, or other evidence of academic achievement such as a college transcript with at least nine post-secondary credits, exclusive of developmental courses, and a satisfactory grade point average from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Have your high school or previous college directly mail official transcripts* to:

Enrollment Services
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

  • To comply with American Board of Funeral Service Education accreditation guidelines (ABFSE Standard 10.1.2a - see below), the transcripts must be sent directly from your high school, university, or college. No transcripts will be accepted that are received by any other method.

    ABFSE Standard 10.1.2.a - "Transcript of high school or college work, received by mail directly from the institution from which the credits were received."

Program Costs

Degrees and Certificates





Funeral Services Education
AAS Degree





*Program length is estimated. See your counselor or adviser.


Gainful Employment Disclosure
Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Gifted Body Program

The LWTech Funeral Service Education program also accepts gifted bodies to support the program. For more information, please contact Lauren Budrow.

Student Produced Video

The Funeral Service Education Program invites you to view this student-produced video. Click the title slide to view. 

Funeral Service Education