The Funeral Service Education (FSE) program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, located in Kirkland, Washington, offers a Certificate of Completion, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Funeral Service Education.
The Certificate of Completion in Funeral Attendant prepares students for employment in funeral service as a funeral ambassador or funeral attendant. Students will develop the professional skills necessary to work in various areas of the funeral home that do not require state licensure. The FSE AAS degree prepares students to achieve entry-level proficiency as embalmers and funeral directors.
The BAS in Funeral Service Education will provide students applicable knowledge of issues and trends currently related to funeral service. The degree will have many opportunities for professional and personal growth, while empowering students to become innovative leaders in the funeral service industry. Funeral service professionals provide counsel, service, and emotional support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Students also learn how to manage a successful business in the high-tech global economy.
Graduates may find employment in: crematory and cemetery operations, funeral home management in family owned businesses and corporate business. It will also allow for employment in other Health Sciences professions that desire funeral industry experience.
Graduates of the Funeral Service Education program will demonstrate a factual, conceptual, and applied understanding of:
Our faculty believe that success in the program requires a commitment of time and energy to your studies. To help with this requirement, the college offers an advisor to assist with planning your path and career goals.
The central objective of the Funeral Service Education AAS degree at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is to educate students in every phase of funeral service so that program graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in funeral service.
In support of this objective the following are the Program Learning Outcomes:
Funeral Attendant certificate students must receive permission to enroll in the first quarter courses from the Associate Dean of Funeral Service Education. Certificate students will not be required to complete the prerequisites listed for the first quarter courses with the Associate Dean’s permission.
If you have not already taken classes at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, entry into the Funeral Service Education program requires completion of the online admission application to receive a Student ID number and an LWTech issued email address. You will not be able to fill out the FSE AAS application without completing this step.
High school completion or GED or satisfactory completion of nine semester based or 13.5 quarter based post-secondary credits, exclusive of developmental courses.
Funeral Service Education program admissions prerequisites are available in the College Catalog.
September 10, 2021
March 15, 2021
Next Entry: Fall Quarter 2021
To apply for the AAS degree, you must create a Self Service Center account. You may preview the application by downloading a PDF of the first page.
Applicants for admission should contact their respective state boards of funeral service regarding that state board's approval of this particular program of instruction.
Have your high school or previous college directly mail official transcripts to*:
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
*To comply with the American Board of Funeral Service Education Standard 9.2.3.a Transcript of high school or college work, received directly from the institution from which the credits were received.
At LWTech we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Funeral Service Education program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may require a full or partial background check as well as a drug test before you start the job.
Advance your funeral service career with an applied baccalaureate degree. Students with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Funeral Service Education have many opportunities for professional and personal growth. Students will gain applicable knowledge of the issues and trends currently related to funeral service. Coursework will empower LWTech students to become innovative leaders in the funeral service industry.
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree will be offered in a distant learning (online) format. Instruction will include management, leadership, professional communication, and much more.
Applicants will be selected on competitive basis. The following requirements must be met before applying to the BAS in Funeral Service Program:
Next Entry: Fall Quarter 2021
To apply for the BAS degree, you must create a Self Service Center account. You may preview the BAS application by downloading a PDF of the first page.
Information sessions and individual advising is available and encouraged before applying to the program.
Via Zoom link. See each date for individual links.
The Funeral Service Education AAS degree program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: abfse.org
The certificate of completion is not accredited by the ABFSE.
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Avg. WA State Salary $57,766/yr
People Employed in WA 279
Avg. Wage in King County $30.21/hr
To be eligible for employment, graduates must also take and pass the National Board Examination.
LWTech has not made a determination that the Funeral Service Education curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.
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