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Embalmer

Certificate

Program Overview

This program is delivered by distance learning in cooperation with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan. Students register with the Council before enrolling in Embalmer certificate courses. The Council oversees internships in funeral homes after students have completed the certificate.

The program includes work-integrated learning opportunities through Work Experience 192, which is a general orientation to the funeral services industry, and two practicum opportunities, Core Practicum PRAC 176 and Embalming Practicum PRAC 277.

The following learning outcomes are integrated into the program:

  • workplace professionalism
  • communication
  • observation and learning in the workplace
  • basic safety training
  • professional ethics

Your studies focus on pathophysiology, embalming, restorative arts, communication and professionalism. You will learn how to prepare human remains for funerals and burial. This specialty works together with the practical components in the sixteen-week practicum that are essential to integrating the core concepts with practice. 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Embalmers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Preserve, sanitize and prepare human remains for funeral services
  • Perform cosmetic and restorative work on human remains

Embalmers in the province are usually duel licensed as Funeral Directors. Opportunities exist throughout the province, and a licensed Saskatchewan Embalmer may work across Canada. Licensed Saskatchewan Embalmers are encouraged to check with the provincial regulatory board in the province they wish to work in, for more information.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September and January



Length: 32 weeks

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note:

  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • Employers and/or supervisors of students on practicum may require a valid driver's license.
  • CPR 'A' and Standard First Aid may be required for practicum placements.
  • Current immunization according to the Canadian immunization guidelines is recommended.
  • Students may be required to complete WHMIS before attending a work experience or practicum course.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Varies by course

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
APHY 189
Anatomy and Physiology
3
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You will be introduced to the study of the human body and how it functions efficiently. You will study various body systems that are of critical importance for the promotion and maintenance of health.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 188, APHY 189CE, APHY 282, NURS 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
COM 101
Written and Oral Communications
2
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You will receive instruction and practice in written and oral communication skills needed for the professional workplace. You will review the principles of effective writing, prepare oral presentations, and practice common forms of business communication. Communicating a professional image will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 120, COM 101CE, COMM 292
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
COMM 291
Interpersonal Communications
2
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You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, and listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, COMM 291CE, COMM 381, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN, Work Based Delivery
ETHC 184
Jurisprudence and Ethics
3
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You will gain an understanding of the acts, bylaws and regulations that govern funerals. The course will also include information about the professional and ethical practices that are important in this profession.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ETHC 184CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
FNRL 180
Restorative Art
3
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You will study restorative art processes using appropriate cosmetics, instruments and appliances. You will also examine processes for the difficult and autopsied cases.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 160, COM 101, COMM 291, ETHC 184, MICR 185, NAST 102, PD 143, ORTN 199, (PRAC 176 or LEAD 180), PATH 186(concurrent), FNRL 182(concurrent), PRAC 277(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): FNRL 180CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
FNRL 182
Embalming 1
3
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You will gain an understanding of the various types of embalming processes for the normal case.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 160, COM 101, COMM 291, ETHC 184, MICR 185, PD 143, ORTN 199, (PRAC 176 or LEAD 180), WORK 192, PATH 186(concurrent), FNRL 180(concurrent), PRAC 277(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): FNRL 182CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
FNRL 183
Embalming 2
2
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Building on your studies from Embalming 1 you will study embalming procedures used in both normal, difficult and autopsied cases.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): FNRL 182
Equivalent Course(s): FNRL 183CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
LEAD 180
Leadership and Group Dynamics
3
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You will be introduced to the concepts of leadership and group dynamics. You will be introduced to the theory of leadership, ethics and professionalism. The course will focus on group processes and their practical application including the collaborative process, conducting meetings, and leading discussion groups and decision making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEAD 180CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
MICR 185
Microbiology for Funeral Services
2
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You will be introduced to the concepts of microbiology in relation to health and the process of disease in humans. You will explore the fundamentals of microorganisms in relation to the interaction with host, impact on environment, human disease and funeral service practice.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MICR 185CE, NEPS 212
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
NAST 102
Indigenous Studies
3
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You will receive an introduction to First Nations and Metis Nations peoples in Canada. You will examine historical and current issues that affect Aboriginal peoples. You will explore racism and will develop an understanding of how self-awareness impacts helping relationships.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NAST 102CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
ORTN 199
Orientation to Funeral Service
3
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You will receive an orientation to the funeral services profession. Topics will include the history, varying traditions and religious practices that influence arrangements. You will also gain an understanding of the nature of employment within the funeral services profession.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ORTN 199CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
PATH 186
Pathophysiology
3
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The course content provides you with an introduction to the study of various disease processes that can affect body structure and function. You will also examine disease processes as they affect specific body systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): PATH 186CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
PD 143
Professionalism
1
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Your studies will focus on the importance of professionalism in the operation of a small business. You will explore the following topics: ethics, time and stress management, professional development, public image, and social responsibility.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): PD 143CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual
PRAC 176
Core Practicum
4
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You will spend two weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in assigned duties such as transfer of the deceased, case analysis of body/remains, non-embalming preparations and other duties under the direct supervision of a licensed embalmer and/or funeral director. You will be expected to demonstrate professionalism at all times.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): WORK 192(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 176CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
PRAC 277
Embalming Practicum
16
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You will spend eight weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in all aspects of the embalming process under the direct supervision of a licensed embalmer. You will also participate in restorative art procedures. You will be expected to submit case studies of all embalming and restorative art procedures to your supervisor. You will model professional attitudes and practices in all aspects of your assigned duties.
Credit Units: 16
Course Hours: 240.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 160, COM 101, COMM 291, ETHC 184, MICR 185, PD 143, ORTN 199, PRAC 176, LEAD 180, WORK 192, PATH 186(concurrent), FNRL 180(concurrent), FNRL 183(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 277CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual
WORK 192
Core Work Experience
0
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You will spend one week in an approved funeral home in your community observing practices in providing care of deceased, funeral arrangements and services. You will participate in related duties as assigned by your supervisor and will be expected to demonstrate professionalism at all times.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 192CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Work Experience -Individual

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