Fourth Semester

Online Program

16 Semester Credits

Fourth Semester

FSE 299 - Professional Review 


Comprehensive review and learning assessment to prepare students to successfully complete the National Board Examination. This course is a survey of the professional expectations in each major area of Funeral Service Education. Emphasis is placed on specific problem areas and the requirements for licensure by national boards. Students will demonstrate competency in theoretical knowledge by completing a battery of tests. It is to be taken during the semester prior to graduation 1 credit

SCI 115 - Microbiology/Pathology 


Study of the general concepts in microbiology and pathology, and covering disease processes to include pathogenesis, etiology, lesions, and pathological changes for diseases of specific organ systems and pathogenic agents. Students examine microbial and pathological conditions and how they relate to death, with emphasis on physical and chemical changes, disease transmission and control, sterilization and disinfection, and the effects of disease states relative to the embalming process. 3 credits

FSE 210 - Restorative Art II (Prerequisite FSE 205) 


The student will demonstrate advanced procedures and techniques for restoration and cosmetology. Special emphasis will be placed upon pigments, visual aspects of color and color schemes, lighting, complexion types and materials, corrective shaping, rouging, waxing and powdering. The student will supplement the theoretical information provided in the lecture class. Students model facial features from wax and practice mixing and applying cosmetics to a facial mask. 2 credits

PSY 205 - Grief Counseling & Aftercare (Prerequisite PSY 102) 


This course is an introduction to the physiological and psychological dimensions of human emotions, especially related to grief. The grief process and the funeral director’s role in facilitating grief are examined. Students learn theories and characteristics of grief, including unique features of grief related to special human losses. Students will be able to apply counseling theories and principles to funeral arrangements. 3 credits

BUS 115 - Computer Applications 


Course provides students with a theoretical approach to information technology and management information systems within a business environment. Practical business computer applications will emphasize word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, and electronic commerce of the Internet. Students will also utilize technology to find and assess information and its veracity. 3 credits

ACG 105 - Accounting for Business 


This course introduces basic accounting principles for a business. Topics include the complete accounting cycle with end-of-period statements, bank reconciliation, payrolls, and petty cash. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of accounting principles and apply those skills to a business organization. 2 credits

FSE 280 - Practicum I (Prerequisite FSE 210) 


Student are provided opportunities to supplement coursework learning outcomes with practical work experience directly aligned with their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the Instructor. Students actively participate in the planning and directing of ten or more funerals services or events. Practicum I is one of two capstone courses for the major. 1 credit

FSE 290 - Practicum II (Prerequisite FSE 200, FSE 250, FSE 205, FSE 210)  


Students will have practical experience in embalming in a mortuary or funeral home environment under the supervision of a licensed embalmer as the primary outcome of this course. Outcomes include active participation in at least fifteen cases of embalming of human remains at a clinical site pre-approved by the program. As part of the requirements for this course, students are required to come to campus to complete and demonstrate their clinical competencies. Competencies include embalming two cases at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Students will also complete their Restorative Art Laboratory on campus. This course is second of two capstone courses for the major. 1 credit