Mortuary Science Class Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Program Courses

MOS202

FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION

4

MOS205

RESTORATIVE ARTS W/ LAB

4

MOS216

FUNERAL SERVICE HISTORY AND MERCHANDISING

4

MOS218

EMBALMING I AND THANATO-CHEMISTRY

4

MOS219

EMBALMING II

3

MOS297

INTERNSHIP

5

MOS298

SEMINAR

3

Directed Courses

ACC201

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

3

LAW101

INTRODUCTION TO LAW

3

LAW208

MORTUARY LAW

3

MED101

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

3

MGT101

PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

3

PSY207

PSYCHOSOCIOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES OF DEATH

3

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

ENG103

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ENG104

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

MTH---

ELEMENTARY STATISTICS

3

CIS174

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

3

SCI105

CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

4

SCI124

HUMANS AND DISEASE

3

SCI202

MICROBIOLOGY

3

Minimum total credits required 68

ACADEMIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Paul N. Warren, Ph.D., L.E.F.D.    
Email: pwarren@LincolnCollegeNE.edu
Campus Extension: 40923

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:
The Mortuary Science degree program at Lincoln College of New England is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747.  Web: www.abfse.org.

“National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, go to Divenere 301, the office of Dr. Paul N. Warren, Mortuary Science Program Director, or by e-mail at PWarren@LincolnCollegeNE.edu, or by telephone 860-628-4751, Ext. 40935”

PROGRAM MISSION
The mission of the Lincoln College of New England Mortuary Science Program is to facilitate the training of students to become funeral service professionals and instill in our students the foundation of integrity, compassion, and moral ethics needed to be successful in our ever changing contemporary society. The Mortuary Science Program encourages independent thinking through practical application and modern technical instruction and fosters the importance of community service, reverence and respect for the dead entrusted to their care, and empathy and compassion for the families they will have the privilege to serve. The Mortuary Science Program encourages and guides students to adapt to secular and religious traditions while always being mindful of Public Health; and cognizant of the importance of holding inviolate sacred and confidential information entrusted to them during their service to humanity.

 

PROGRAM COURSES:

 

MOS202 Funeral Service Management and Communication 4 credits

This course provides an introduction to funeral service from first call to final service. Terminology used in funeral service is presented. Military, religious, fraternal, and governmental regulations and customs are discussed. Topics also include managerial skills, personnel procedures, records management, and accounting procedures.  Overall communication with the bereaved, clergy, other pro­fession­als, and the general public is practiced in a workshop setting.
Prerequisite: MOS206 or MOS216

 

MOS205 Restorative Art w/Lab 4 credits

This course presents a detailed study of the physiognomy and anatomy of the human body with special emphasis on the skull, face, neck, and hands.  The course prepares students for the reconstruction of areas of the body that have been distorted by traumatic injury.  Lecture and laboratory classes are closely correlated.  The laboratory incorporates the use of models, synthetic forms, foundation materials, modeling instruments, and cosmetics. 
Prerequisite: SCI105

 

MOS216 Funeral Service History and Merchandising 4 credits

This class covers an in depth history of the funeral service business from ancient to contemporary time. Students build upon their knowledge of historical and cultural practices as it applies to community service in the business operations. The course reviews the nomenclature of the casket, outer enclosure, merchandising, the selection room, and FTC funeral service rules.

 

MOS218 Embalming I and Thanato-chemistry 4 credits

This course includes a study of thanatology, introduction to thanato-chemistry, as well as the history and need for embalming. The pre-mortem and postmortem changes in the body are discussed, as is cellular decomposition and proteolysis.  The chemicals, techniques, and instruments of embalming are introduced.  Students will be certified in OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, Hazard Communication Standard, and Medical Waste Tracking Act.
Prerequisites: SCI105, SCI124; SCI202

 

MOS219 Embalming II 3 credit

Methods of injection, aspiration, and cavity treatment are discussed at length. Various embalming chemicals and special purpose fluids are examined.  Embalming procedures for autopsies, unusual and difficult cases (e.g. gangrene, edema, trauma, jaundice, etc.) are covered.  Topics include procedures for handling con­tagious remains, preparation for international shipment, and public safety.
Prerequisite: MOS218

 

MOS297 Internship 5 credits

Students experience the daily activities of a funeral home. Exposure to all aspects of funeral service is included, with emphasis on embalming, restorative art, and business management. Requirement: minimum of 180 hours and participation in 10 embalming operations. Requirement: minimum of 180 hours, participation in 10 embalming operations and additional 30 hours of on campus class time with instructor of record with emphasis on business management.
Prerequisite: Final term or permission of Program Director and CGPA of 2.5

 

MOS298 Seminar 3 credits

To successfully complete this course, students must pass a comprehensive exam assessing their knowledge and understanding of all concepts presented during their degree program. This course provides preparation and practice for students to take the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE – www.abfse.org) national board exam.
Prerequisite: Final term and CGPA of 2.5

 

 

DIRECTED COURSES:

 

ACC201 Financial Accounting 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to financial accounting fundamentals in today’s business world. The basic financial statements are presented: balance sheet, income statement, and statement of retained earnings. Students are exposed to the recording and summarization of financial information. Students learn how to read and analyze these financial statements.
Prerequisite: MTH095 or MTH095 Placement Test Score >79

 

LAW 101: Introduction to Law 3 credits

This course provides an overview of the American legal system, then covers the main concepts in various areas of law, such as torts, estates, contracts, property, business organizations, family law and criminal law. Students will read and analyze an appellate court opinion as an example of some of the legal topics covered in the course, and as an example of various procedures and terms found in trials and appeals.   

 

LAW208 Mortuary Law    3 credits

This course considers the elements of business law with an emphasis on the funeral service professional. Consideration is given to the liability exposure of the funeral director in matters of tort and contract law. The principles of mortuary law are discussed, as are state statutes, rules and regulations that govern the behavior of funeral directors and embalmers. Emphasis is placed on OSHA, FTC, ADA, and FCRA requirements.
Prerequisite: LAW101

 

MED101 Medical Terminology 3 credits

This course describes the fundamental elements used to build medical terms. Emphasis will be placed on identifying selected prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes commonly used to analyze, build, spell, and pronounce medical words.

 

MGT101 Principles of Management 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the principles of management with emphasis on their application to business. An overview of major topics in management is presented, including developing a management philosophy, understanding human behavior, decision-making, planning, organization, staffing and leadership.

 

PSY207 Psychosociological & Ethical Issues of Death  3 credits

This course will explore the psychological impact of death as it pertains to the bereaved at various stages of their lifespan as well as how it affects the funeral service practitioner.  The various concepts of many Death Theorists will be explored in detail.  Contemporary societal changes toward death and bereavement will be extensively examined, as well as its impact on the funeral service profession.  Complex ethical issues exclusive to funeral service will be studied.  Course material will follow strict guidelines regarding for professional standards for Psychology, Sociology, and Ethics. 
Prerequisite: PSY101 or permission of Program Director

 

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES:

 

FYS101 First-Year Seminar 1 credit

This seminar serves as an introduction to fundamental academic success strategies. The course also provides opportunities for self-awareness that support students through the transition to college. Campus services, career development, and cross-curricular competencies are also covered. This is a graded course and is a requirement for graduation.

 

ENG103 English Composition I    3 credits

This is a writing-intensive introductory course that emphasizes the writing process, including focus on audiences and purpose in writing, patterns of argument, introductory research, and the review of grammar and mechanics.  Both career and academic documents will be assigned, with the goal of learning to write in a professional style, both in college and beyond.  Students should expect to produce a total of twelve to fifteen pages of edited writing during the course.
Prerequisite: LCNE Placement exam > 79, ENG097, ENG099 or Co-requisite of ENG099

 

ENG104 English Composition II   3 credits

Students will build on the skills learned in English 103 to move beyond the basic college essay to writing more complex essays using causal analysis, persuasion, and argument. This course will focus on reading complex texts, and using the research skills introduced in English 103 to develop, research, write and revise a full-length research paper. Class assignments and discussion will focus on introducing, reinforcing, and emphasizing critical thinking skills in a multi-cultural environment.
Prerequisite: ENG103

 

MTH--- Elective 3 credits

Prerequisite: MTH098 or >79 on Elementary Algebra Placement Test

 

CIS174 Computer Applications 3 credits

This course provides a hands-on overview of computer applications utilizing particular software with emphasis on computer use for business purposes. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software projects are included. Students develop a logical approach to problem-solving in relation to storing, retrieving, and analyzing information for reports and projects. Problems and issues related to computer-based information systems are discussed.

 

SCI105 Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology w/ lab 4 credits

This course provides a one term basic survey of the structure and function of the organ systems of the body. Topics include anatomical terminology, musculoskeletal, integumentary, cardiovascular, digestive and neuroendocrine systems.

 

SCI124 Humans and Disease 3credits

The course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the concepts and processes in disease physiology.  The course will review normal human physiology and then examine the alterations which occur in response to disease as well as the systemic manifestations, etiologies and treatments of major diseases. 
Prerequisite: SCI 105 or SCI122 and MED101

 

SCI202 Microbiology  3 credits

This course covers information dealing with select microbiological concepts. The interrelationships between microbes and the human host in the determination of disease are stressed and emphasized throughout this course.

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