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Course Descriptions (Associate)
General Education Courses
Course descriptions are designed to depict each course content in understandable items to aid the student in a complete comprehension of requisite studies to attain the objectives of the program.
ENG 105 - English Composition (5 QH)
This course is designed to improve students’ English writing skills, emphasizing thesis support and development, Standard English grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, mechanical correctness, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Students will be required to read several selections and to respond analytically and critically to the reading. Students will write various styles of compositions and essays. This course introduces research skills and conventions of documentation.
HIS 105 - United States History before 1877 (5 QH)
This course presents an introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States to the end of reconstruction of the South following the Civil War. The course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society and to comprehend the historical experience.
HIS 205 - United States History since 1877 (5 QH)
This course is an intensive analysis of the history of the United States after the reconstruction of the South following the Civil War, and ends with the current events of historical significance. After completing this course of study, the student will be able to discuss and recognize the problems and the attitudes that have shaped our present day events.
MAT 105 - College Mathematics (5 QH)
College Mathematics is a study of algebraic linear, quadratic, rational, and polynomial functions, with a variety of representations including graphs, tables, models, and equations. A study of exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations has specific applications for forensic studies and funeral services. Other topics include complex numbers and the theory of equations.
PSY 105 - General Psychology (5 QH)
The course overviews the major theories and scientific research examining the human mind and behavior. The topics range from studies of perception, cognition, memory, language, and thought to studies of development, personality, relationships, motivation, abnormal patterns of thought and behavior, and cultural differences.
Funeral Service Core Courses
FSS 102 - Human Anatomy I (2 QH)
This course is an introduction to anatomy, basic terminology, embryology, and the integumentary system. Included is a detailed discussion of hematology and cardiology.
FSS 111 - Chemistry I (1 QH)
This course consists of a brief introduction to the following subjects: fundamental concepts, atomic structure, and classification of the elements, chemical equations, acids, bases, and salts.
FSS 122 - Microbiology I (2 QH)
The first quarter of microbiology is an introduction to the study of microorganisms, and their anatomy, physiology, and methods for control. A fundamental approach to the mechanisms of pathogenicity and host response to infection through a study of immunology is also presented.
FSS 131 - Restorative Art I (1 QH)
The student is taught the basic fundamentals of restorative art in regard to case evaluation and procedures needed for proper restoration. The course includes such areas as bones of the head and bony landmarks affecting surface form, muscles, facial markings, and tissue thickness. Facial proportions, profile shapes, and front view head shapes are discussed. The features of the head and its individual parts are integral in aiding the student in restoring a complete face as required in the laboratory. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the use of proper terminology as well as terms of position and direction.
FSS 144 - Funeral Service Pathology (4 QH)
This class is designed to provide sufficient knowledge to understand the need for public health regulations. It includes a study of general pathology, with an introduction to the terminology and the fundamentals of disease processes throughout the body. It then continues with an emphasis on special pathology by studying the diseases of specific organs and organ systems.
FSS 201 Restorative Art II - Lab (1 QH)
Each student is supplied with a modeling skull, restorative wax, and modeling tools. Here the student learns the basics of modeling the face, including the main features. Prerequisite: FSS 131 (may be taken concurrently with FSS 233)
FSS 203 - Human Anatomy II (3 QH)
This course is a very extensive study of the circulatory system, including the blood vascular and lymphatic system. It includes a detailed study of the skeletal system, including landmarks and points of articulations, as well as a study of the muscular system. Prerequisite: FSS 102
FSS 211 - Embalming I and Clinical Experience (1 QH)
This is an introductory course in embalming; concentrating on professionalism, accountability, and responsibility, as well as legal regulation. Students learn the overall value of embalming. Physical and chemical changes that occur in the body and the terminology of death are studied. Embalming instruments, preparation room equipment and supplies are discussed. Students are required to assist in the preparation of six dead human bodies during this quarter. These cases are completed under the direct supervision of embalming lab preceptors. Embalming takes place either on-campus in the school's preparation facility or in licensed off-campus facilities. Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus sites.
FSS 223 - Chemistry II (3 QH)
This course involves the study of organic chemistry, carbon, and its related compounds as well as an overview of biochemistry, the chemistry of life. Prerequisite: FSS 111
FSS 233 - Restorative Art II (3 QH)
This portion of the restorative art course covers such areas as restorative art waxes and their adaptation to various restorative cases. Methods of attachment and support for the ear and nose, as well as problem cases with the mouth and eyes are also included. Color theory and the importance of color in the industry are covered at length. This discussion of color leads directly into the study of cosmetics and their application for viewing in the funeral setting. Prerequisite: FSS 131
FSS 242 - Microbiology II (2 QH)
The second quarter of microbiology concentrates on specific bacteria, rickettsia, chlamydia, viruses, fungi, and protozoa, along with the infections they cause. Portals of entry and exit of each microorganism and their modes of transmission are particularly emphasized in this section. Prerequisite: FSS 122
FSS 301 - Human Anatomy III (1 QH)
This course is a study of the basic anatomical structures and physiological principles of the digestive, respiratory, endocrine, excretory, reproductive, and nervous systems. The quarter ends with a review of all systems of the body. Prerequisites: FSS 102, 203
FSS 303 - Embalming II and Clinical Experience (3 QH)
A continuation of FSS 211, this course presents an in-depth study of embalming case analysis, beginning with pre-embalming, embalming, and post-embalming procedures. Proper procedures and techniques are presented in preparation for professional practice. The student is required to assist with the embalming and preparation of a minimum of six dead human bodies during this quarter. These cases will be completed under the direct supervision of embalming lab preceptors. The embalming experience takes place either on-campus in the school’s preparation facilities or in licensed off-campus facilities. Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus sites. Prerequisite: FSS 211
FSS 311 - Embalming Lab (1 QH)
Embalming laboratory covers an in-depth look at the preparation room and the components of an adequate embalming facility including a detailed look at OSHA guidelines and how they affect the embalming procedure. Anatomical and linear guides are also discussed as they relate specifically to embalming. The remainder of the course is devoted to studying the components of embalming fluids and how the chemicals are used for treating the dead human body. Calculation of embalming solution strengths is also discussed. Prerequisite: FSS 211, 301 (may be taken concurrently with FSS 402)
FSS 321 - Restorative Art III (1 QH)
Hypodermic tissue building, hair restorations, burns, abrasions, and decapitation cases are but a few of the many special cases considered in this section of the course. The student is instructed in proper methods of Restorative Art for each of three phases: pre embalming; embalming, and post embalming periods. Prerequisites: FSS 131, 233
FSS 341 - Restorative Art III - Lab (1 QH)
Each student is supplied with a specially prepared cosmetic mask and a complete mortuary cosmetic kit. Here the student learns the basics of cosmetizing the face, including the practical application of cosmetics to the cosmetic mask for both normal and problem cases. Prerequisites: FSS 131, 201, 233 (may be taken concurrently with FSS 321)
FSS 402 - Embalming III (2 QH)
This course is devoted to the handling of special cases and the proper embalming procedure of each. Attention is devoted to the many unique challenges facing the modern embalmer. Prerequisites: FSS 211, 303, 311
FSS 421 - Chemistry III (1 QH)
This course begins with an in-depth study of solutions and their properties. It also includes a study of embalming chemistry, the chemistry of decomposition, preservation and disinfection of the dead human body. Prerequisites: FSS 111, 223
FSS 411 - Capstone Review - Sciences (1 QH)
This is a comprehensive review of all the science courses. Each subject area will have review material, lectures on critical thinking, and test taking skills, followed by examinations to prepare the student for their comprehensive exams and appropriate licensing exam. Pre/Co - requisites: 102, 203, 112, 223, 122, 141, 211, 303, 311, 131, 201, 233
FSM 103 - Small Business Management I (3 QH)
This course discusses the principles of management applicable to small business. The major areas of study include planning for a new or existing business, organization, location, and marketing strategies.
FSM 104 - Basic Accounting (4 QH)
This course is an introduction to the basic theories of accounting and the application of theories in preparation of accounting records and financial statements. Additional emphasis is placed on accounting for the single proprietorship type of business organization.
FSM 113 - Funeral Service Administration (3 QH)
This course focuses on best practices during initial notification, removal of remains, arrangement conference and funeral service. It includes the use of all funeral service documentation, Social Security and Veteran’s Administration forms and in-depth discussion of The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule and OSHA standards.
FSM 203 - Funeral Service Management (3 QH)
This course includes a study of management and employee motivation theories, funeral home management requirements, hiring and termination requirements and understanding trends in funeral service. It includes a concise study of crematory policies and operation principles.
FSM 213 - Small Business Management II (3 QH)
This course is a continuation of small business management, with emphasis upon financial planning, capital asset management, personnel management, and elements of sound business management. The computer as a business tool, financial tool, marketing device, and sales analysis tool is also included. May be taken concurrently with: FSM 103
FSM 303 - Funeral Service Merchandising (3 QH)
This course is a study of the principles of buying and selling merchandise, caskets and vault construction, cremation merchandise and containers, cemetery merchandise and property and inventory and pricing methods.
FSM 402 - Funeral Directing (2 QH)
This course includes a study of the funeral arrangement, funeral procedure, and types of services, including religious, fraternal organizations, and military services.
FSM 411 - Capstone Review - Arts (1 QH)
This is a comprehensive review of all the arts (non-science) courses. Each subject area will have review material, lectures on critical thinking, and test taking skills, followed by examinations to prepare the student for their comprehensive exams and appropriate licensing exam. Pre/Co - requisites: FSM 103, 104, 112 203, 213, 303, 402; FS 101, 102, 104, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152, 202, 301
FS 102 - History of Funeral Service (2 QH)
Both funeral service and embalming are included in this history course from the beginnings to modern funeral practices. It covers the history of such cultures as the Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, and early Christians. Historical contributions by influential individuals to both funeral service and the art of embalming are also covered.
FSM 123 - Professional Communications (3 QH)
This course combines the necessary guidelines for written and oral communications when dealing with consumers, colleges, allied services and the media. It focuses on best practices in interpersonal relationships and the development of soft skills.
FS 132 - Funeral Service Counseling (2 QH)
This course will promote greater understanding for what takes place during an "at need" arrangement conference. Basic skills and techniques utilized in counseling will be discussed, along with what qualities and characteristics a counselor needs.
FS 152 - Funeral Service Sociology (2 QH)
This course is a general survey of sociology, including orientation, definitions, application and purpose, culture, customs, family, funeral customs, ethnic and minority groups.
FS 203 - Psychology of Grief (3 QH)
This course includes the study of dying and death, along with the grief of the adult and child.
FS 101 - Funeral Service Ethics (1 QH)
Both personal and professional ethics will be discussed in this course. Focus will be placed on the ethical beliefs of the individual as well as the ethical behavior that a funeral service practitioner should exhibit.
FS 104 - Business Law (4 QH)
This course is an introduction to business law, courts and court procedure, contracts, property sales, and bailments. It also includes the study of commercial paper, agency and employment, risk bearing devices and the nature of property.
FS 142 - Funeral Service Law (2 QH)
This course is structured to acquaint the student with the legal instruments that apply to funeral service. It also includes an introduction to wills and estates, death and disposition rights, torts, state board rules, licensure of persons and establishments.
BM 432 - Stress Management I (2 QH)
This course will look at the scientific foundations of stress and physical illness and disease. Life situation and perception interventions will be discussed for stress and college students with intrapersonal and interpersonal techniques for handling stress.
BM 442 - Stress Management II (2 QH)
This course is a continuation of Stress Management I, and will explore the concepts of spirituality and stress. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, autogentic training, imagery and progressive relaxation will be discussed along with psychological arousal interventions and strategies for decreasing stressful behavior. Stress will be considered from cultural, occupational and family perspectives.