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Funeral Service

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Funeral Service

Program Overview

Funeral Service is a certificate program. This program is delivered in co-operation with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan.

You will study a core component of courses followed by a specialty of embalming or funeral directing, or both. If you are a compassionate person interested in helping people, this program can help you develop the skills you need to support individuals who are coping with death and provide essential services involved in the care of final arrangements for a loved one.

Note

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

The program is delivered part-time through Continuing Education, by home study and work experience/practicum placements. The home study, involving print correspondence and online courses, allows you to remain in your home community to do your course work; you are not required to move to take this program.

Work experience/practicum placements will take place at rural and urban centres. Your placement may be in a location outside of your home community; therefore, you may incur extra expenses.

All Funeral Service students must register as students with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (FCSCS). The FCSCS student application form and fee information can be printed from the FCSCS website.

Core Program

The core program provides a blend of general academic courses with funeral industry specific courses. You will develop skills and gain knowledge in areas such as:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • computer skills
  • communication skills
  • jurisprudence and ethics
  • acts, bylaws and regulations specific to the funeral industry

The significant healing function that the funeral service provides for the living will be emphasized. Behavioural science courses in psychology, sociology and the psychology of grief will help you develop skills in helping people in a compassionate and respectful manner. Courses such as microbiology, anatomy and physiology will assist you with science essentials.

In addition to the theoretical courses delivered by distance learning, you will participate in an orientation to funeral service workshop and practicum placements in co-operating funeral homes where you will receive hands-on experience integrating core concepts into practice and developing skills and knowledge essential in maintaining integrity in practice.

Upon successfully completing the core courses, you will have the opportunity to complete the Embalmer Specialty as part of the Funeral Service certificate or the Funeral Director Specialty. You may choose to complete both specialties and receive a Funeral Service certificate for each of the specialties. If you decide to complete both specialties, you will be scheduled to take the Embalmer Specialty before you are scheduled to take the Funeral Director Specialty.

Funeral Director Specialty

You will learn how to coordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Your studies will focus on family systems and bookkeeping basics. This specialty ends with an eight-week practicum essential for integrating core concepts with practice.

Embalmer Specialty

Your studies will focus on pathophysiology, embalming and restorative arts. You will learn how to prepare human remains for funerals and burial. This specialty offers the course work together with the practical component in a 16 week practicum essential for integrating core concepts with practice.

Graduation from the program qualifies you to engage in an internship program. Upon successfully completing the internship program, you will write licensing examinations. This license will qualify you to practice in Saskatchewan as a funeral director and/or embalmer.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Funeral directors and embalmers are employed by funeral homes. Graduates are prepared for an internship position at a funeral home.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
EmbalmerFuneral Directors and Embalmers (6272)$22,500 - $80,000
Funeral DirectorFuneral Directors and Embalmers (6272)$22,500 - $80,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Various; view courses



Length:

Varies by course


Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

  • Grade 12 with Biology 30, and either English Language Arts A30 (minimum 60%) or English Language Arts B30 (minimum 60%)
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum component of the program. 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.

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©

  • 80 Reading
  • 80 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

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

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$10,000

Courses

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Core Courses

Code
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 282, NURS 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
COAP 171
Desktop Publishing
1
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Your studies will introduce you to basic skills in the use of desktop publishing software for designing, editing and delivering different documents. You will learn the fundamentals of design for simple desktop publishing.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, 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, 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, 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 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
COMP 172
Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel
1
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You will learn the purpose and uses of a word processor and electronic spreadsheet. You will develop the basic skills of creating, editing and formatting documents and spreadsheets.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 120, COAP 172, COAP 381, COMP 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
COMP 179
Introduction to PowerPoint
1
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You will receive instruction and practice in creating, modifying and delivering a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. You will enhance the presentation by adding charts, tables, visual elements, multimedia, transition effects and animations. You will study how to present, distribute and customize presentations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 138, COMP 120, COMP 173
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
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
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): NEPS 212
Potential Learning Method(s): 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
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
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)
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
PSYC 160
Psychology 1
2
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Your studies will include the theories and concepts that form the foundation of psychology as a science. You will explore the study of human behaviour by examining concepts including: perception, sensation, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, states of consciousness, personality, and the relationship between health and stress.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
PSYC 280
Psychology of Grief
3
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You will discuss the emotional and psychological needs of the bereaved as well as appropriate communication skills and attitudes. You will be introduced to communication with and attitudes appropriate to grieving clients.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

Funeral Director Specialty

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
FNRL 181
Arrange Funerals
2
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You will gain an understanding of the processes involved in funeral services arrangements. You will also study memorialization options, processes for transportation and prearranging services.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 189, COAP 171, COM 101, COMM 291, COMP 172, COMP 179, ETHC 184, MICR 185, (MTER 180 or PD 143), ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, (PSYC 281 or LEAD 180), WORK 192
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
FNRL 281
Direct Funerals
2
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You will examine the organization and direction of funeral services and visitations. You will also explore the various support services available.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): FNRL 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
FNRL 282
Business Practices and Processes in the Funeral Service Industry
3
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You will study business practices pertinent to the funeral service industry. Particular consideration will be paid to funeral home budgets and financial statements, funeral service merchandising and sales, costing and pricing, advertising, and applicable federal and provincial regulations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 189, COAP 171, COM 101, COMM 291, COMP 172, COMP 179, ETHC 184, MICR 185, MTER 180, ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, PSYC 281, WORK 192
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
PR 145
Customer Service
2
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You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. The course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints, and dealing with difficult people.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PRAC 278
Funeral Director Practicum
16
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You will spend eight weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in funeral arrangements and directing funeral services under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director. You will model professional attitudes and practices in all aspects of your assigned duties.
Credit Units: 16
Course Hours: 240.0
Prerequisites(s): FNRL 181, FNRL 281, FNRL 282, YCW 282
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual

Embalmer Specialty

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
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 189, COAP 171, COM 101, COMM 291, COMP 172, COMP 179, ETHC 184, MICR 185, (MTER 180 or PD 143), ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, (PSYC 281 or LEAD 180), WORK 192, PATH 186(concurrent), FNRL 280(concurrent), PRAC 277(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
FNRL 280
Embalming
5
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You will gain an understanding of the various types of embalming processes for the normal case. You will also examine procedures used in difficult and autopsied cases.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 189, COAP 171, COM 101, COMM 291, COMP 172, COMP 179, ETHC 184, MICR 185, MTER 180, ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, PSYC 281, WORK 192, PATH 186(concurrent), FNRL 180(concurrent), PRAC 277(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Print Distance Group, 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 189, COAP 171, COM 101, COMM 291, COMP 172, COMP 179, ETHC 184, MICR 185, (MTER 180 or PD 143), ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, (PSYC 281 or LEAD 180), WORK 192, PATH 186(concurrent), FNRL 180(concurrent), FNRL 280(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual
Note: Students must be admitted to the program before taking WORK 192 (Core Work Experience)

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


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