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Certificate in Funeral Directing

Certificate in Funeral Directing

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Certificate in Funeral Directing is designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential for employment as a funeral director in the state of Texas only.  This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs.  It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.  Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

Course Course No. Description Clock Hrs Total Credit Hrs
BIOL 1408 Biology 1 66 6 qtr.
MATH 1314 College Algebra 44 4 qtr.
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric 55 5 qtr.
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 55 5 qtr.
Total Hours: 220 20

Specialized and Related Courses

First Quarter
Course Course No. Description Clock Hrs Total Credit Hrs
MSCI 1212 Funeral Directing 43 3 qtr.
MSCI 1313 Funeral Merchandising 44 4 qtr.
MSCI 1317 History of Funeral Service 44 4 qtr.
MSCI 1219 Mortuary Law 33 3 qtr.
MSCI 1115 Occupational Safety 22 2 qtr.
BUSI 1302 Operating a Business 44 4 qtr.
Total Hours 230 20
Second Quarter
Course Course No. Description Clock Hrs Total Credit Hrs
BUSI 2301 Business Law 44 4 qtr.
MSCI 1316 Counseling/Dynamics of Grief 44 4 qtr.
MSCI 1314 Mortuary Administration 44 4 qtr.
OFAD 1307 Office Accounting 44 4 qtr.
MSCI 1118 Sociology of Funeral Service 22 2 qtr.
MSCI 1020 Board Review 11 1 qtr.
Total Hours 209 19
Grand Total 659 59
*Graduation requirements include passing each of the prescribed courses.

Tuition & Fees

Certificate in Funeral Directing program is as follows:

If the general study courses are taken at Commonwealth, tuition and fees are $9,540 payable as follows:

  • $50 application fee due with application
  • $50 graduation fee due 30 days prior to graduation
  • and $9,440 tuition.

If the general study courses are transferred to Commonwealth, tuition and fees are $6,340 payable as follows:

  • $50 application fee due with application
  • $50 graduation fee due 30 days prior to graduation
  • and $6,240 tuition.  
Tuition for the Certificate in Funeral Directing program is due the first day of each quarter.
Note: Students enrolled in the Certificate in Funeral Directing program are not eligible to participate in federal aid programs.

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Commonwealth Institute
415 Barren Springs Drive
Houston, Texas 77090
Office Telephone: (281) 873-0262
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