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MSFS 101-3 Orientation to Funeral Service.  Students will trace the history of funeral services from ancient times through contemporary practices with emphasis on the development of funeral practices in the United States. Students study the customs of various cultures throughout the world including customs in the United States. They will demonstrate a knowledge of funeral service organizations and will discuss current topic areas of the profession. Lecture three hours. Restricted to MSFS majors.
MSFS 108-3 Funeral Service Psychology.  Designed to provide the student with an overview of psychology in funeral service as applied to death, grief and mourning. Students will examine interpersonal and public relations as they affect the funeral service practitioner. This course is writing intensive and reflects the College`s Communication-Across-the-Curriculum initiative. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite:ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better.
MSFS  210-3  College  Accounting  for  Funeral  Service.  This course is an introduction to basic principles of accounting theory. This subject covers financial statements and their analysis, journalizing concepts, receivables, payables, deferrals and accruals. Inventory costing methods, depreciation methods and payroll accounting are included. Applications to funeral home operations are the focus throughout the subject material.
MSFS 215-3 Business Law for Funeral Service.  Students will learn the basic principles of business law as they relate to funeral service. Especially stressed are the bodies of law and the judicial system found in the United States of America including contracts, sales, bailments (including carriers), commercial paper, agency, employment, and business organization.
MSFS 230-4 Mortuary Anatomy.  The student will study the structure and function of the human body as a whole including: general organization, structural organization, tissues, skeletal system, nervous system, circulatory system, physiology of circulation, glands, respiratory system, digestive system, genitourinary system, integument and special senses. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: ZOOL 115/118. Restricted to MSFS majors.
MSFS 240-3 Mortuary Regulations.  The student will have knowledge of the federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the funeral profession. Studies will include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act, Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, the Federal Trade Commission requirements, Rules and Regulations for the Control of Communicable Disease and other such regulations governing funeral service. Lecture three hours. Restricted to MSFS majors.
MSFS 245-4 Restorative Art.  Students will build upon knowledge of the anatomical structures of the cranial and facial areas of the human skull gained through anatomy. Students will develop a knowledge of facial proportions, modeling, expressions, and materials and techniques necessary to rebuild the human face. Laboratory assignments will include  bone and tissue restoration, facial modeling, hair restorations, and others. Prerequisite: AH 241. Lab fee: $150.
MSFS 256-3 Introductory Microbiology.  The student will survey microbiology:  morphology, physiology,  populations  of microbial organisms, microbial destruction, immunology, and pathogenic agents. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: PLB 115 or ZOOL 115 or 118 and CHEM 106. Restricted to major.
MSFS 257-3 Pathology.  Students will be introduced to the study of the cause, course and effects of diseases upon the human body, with stress on ways in which tissue changes affect the embalming process. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 256 and AH 241.
MSFS 270-2 Computers in Funeral Service.  The student will be given the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the applications of computers to the funeral profession. This course is designed to instill an appreciation for computers as an effective funeral home management tool.  Lecture 2 hours. Restricted to MSFS majors.
MSFS 270Q-2 Computers in Funeral Service.  The student will be given the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the applications of computers to the funeral profession. This course is designed to instill an appreciation for computers as an effective funeral home management tool. Lecture 2 hours. Restricted to MSFS majors. This is an online delivery course.
MSFS 299-1 to 16 Individual Study.  Provides students with an opportunity to explore studies that fit a particular need or interest. Enrollment provides access to the resources of the facilities of the entire institution. Each student will work under the supervision of a sponsoring staff member. Restricted to MSFS majors.
MSFS 302-3 Restorative Color and Cosmetics.  The student will learn advanced procedure and techniques for restoration and cosmetology. Special attention will be placed upon pigments, visual aspects of color and color schemes, lighting, complexion types and materials, corrective shaping, rouging, waxing and powdering. Lecture two hours. Laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 245 and MSFS 257 with grades of C or better. Lab fee: $50.
MSFS 302Q-3 Restorative Color and Cosmetics.  The student will learn advanced procedure and techniques for restoration and cosmetology. Special attention will be placed upon pigments, visual aspects of color and color schemes, lighting, complexion types and materials, corrective shaping, rouging, waxing and powdering. Lecture two hours. Laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 245 and MSFS 257 with grades of C or better.
MSFS 325A-4 Embalming Theory and Practice I.  The student will be introduced to techniques of embalming through a study of the body, sanitation, embalming agents, instruments and methods of embalming. The student studies the theory, practices and techniques of sanitation as well as restoration and preservation of deceased human remains. Laboratory experiences consist of embalming deceased remains and of other related activities. Lecture three hours. Laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 245, MSFS 257, Allied Health 241 or equivalent Anatomy with grades of C or better and proof of Hepatitis B vaccine or Titre test. Restricted to Mortuary Science and Funeral Service majors. Lab fee: $50.
MSFS 325B-4 Embalming Theory and Practice II.  The student will study the anatomy of the circulatory  system, the autopsied case, the cavity  embalming,  the  contents  of the thoracic and abdominal cavities and various embalming treatments. Laboratory experience is a continuation of 325A. Lecture three hours. Laboratory two hours. Must be taken in A, B sequence. Prerequisite: MSFS 245, MSFS 257, Allied Health 241 or equivalent Anatomy with grades of C or better and proof of Hepatitis B vaccine or Titre test. Restricted to Mortuary Science and Funeral Service majors. Lab fee: $50.
MSFS 340-3 Mortuary Law.  Deals with the statutory laws and practices pertaining to funeral service.  The student will trace the laws that govern the funeral director and the embalmer and their legal responsibilities to the consumer. Knowledge will be gained concerning the legal status of a dead human body, necessities of disposition, methods of disposition, rights and parties undertaking responsibility of disposition, custodial rights of the dead human remains, contract laws, right of disposition, control of the funeral, general rules of priority pertaining to next of kin, mental anguish, photographs, confidentiality, negligent acts by the funeral director and/or embalmer, mutilation laws, injury to pallbearers, Clergy and staff, physical impact, collection against an estate, primary obligor, estate liability, cremation, authorization, commingling of remains, personal effects, storage and shipping of remains. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 256, MSFS 245 with grades of C or better. Restricted to major.
MSFS 350-1 to 32 Mortuary Science and Funeral Service Subjects.  In-depth competency and skill development and exploration of innovative techniques and procedures used in business, industry, professions, and health service occupations offered through various workshops, special short courses,and seminars. Hours and credit to be individually arranged.  Mandatory Pass/Fail. Restricted to MSFS majors.
MSFS 351-4 Funeral Service Management.  The student will learn skills necessary to effectively manage a funeral home. Included are the funeral director`s responsibilities from the first call to the completion of the funeral service. Topics include completing pre-need and post-need forms, human resource management, financial management, facilities management, maintenance of records, religious ceremonies, and professional ethics. Lecture four hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 240.
MSFS 351Q-4 Funeral Service Management.  The student will learn skills necessary to effectively manage a funeral home. Included are the funeral director`s responsibilities from the first call to the completion of the funeral service. Topics include completing pre-need and post-need forms, human resource management, financial management, facilities management, maintenance of records, religious ceremonies, and professional ethics. Lecture four hours. Prerequisite: MSFS 240. This is an online delivery course.
MSFS 352-3 Funeral Service Merchandising and Marketing.  The student will learn the fundamentals of merchandising, product mix and pricing of funeral service merchandise (i.e., caskets, burial vaults, urns, etc.). Other topics include developing a funeral home marketing plan and applying small business marketing techniques to funeral homes. Lecture three hours. Co-requisite: MSFS 351.
MSFS 355-3 Embalming Chemistry.  The student will study the chemistry of the body, sanitation, toxicology, chemical changes in deceased human remains, disinfection, and embalming fluids. Laboratory experiences in 325A will complement lecture material. Lecture three hours. Corequisite:MSFS 325A. Prerequisite: CHEM 106 and MSFS 240 or concurrent enrollment in MSFS 240.
MSFS 360-4 Advanced Embalming Procedures.  The student will study the proper procedures of embalming and other necessary preparations of special cases. Studies will include techniques and procedures used for embalming unique cases such as decomposition cases, burn victims, car accident victims, and other traumatic faces of death. Students will be required to submit several written research papers and present oral presentations of specific topics throughout the semester. Lecture four hours. Prerequisites: MSFS 245, 257, 325A, 325B and 355 with grades of C or better.
MSFS 364-3 Principles and Practices of Cremation.  The student will focus on the important considerations when working with those that choose cremation as a form of disposition. This includes proper identification, legal authorization, use of third party crematories, required forms, cremation containers, containers for cremated deceased, cremation merchandise, services in conjunction with cremation, arranging for disposition of cremated deceased, shipping cremated deceased, FTC compliance, and the history of cremation.
MSFS 364Q-3 Principles and Practices of Cremation.  The student will focus on the important considerations when working with those that choose cremation as a form of disposition. This includes proper identification, legal authorization, use of third party crematories, required forms, cremation containers, containers for cremated deceased, cremation merchandise, services in conjunction with cremation, arranging for disposition of cremated deceased, shipping cremated deceased, FTC compliance, and the history of cremation. MSFS 369-3 Cremation and the Disposing of the Dead. The student will study the process of dying and the history of death disposal with emphasis on cremation. The student will examine how religion has played a part in the increase/decrease in acceptance of cremation being a method of disposing of the dead. Students will review cremation trends in the U.S. and the legal formality of cremation authorization and the cremation process. Students will explore how the death care industry is marketing cremation and analyze how the industry has adapted to consumer demands.
MSFS 375Q-4 Research Project.  This course requires the selection and investigation of a research topic culminating in a paper to satisfy the research requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service.  MSFS 399-1 to 8 Occupational Internship in Mortuary Science. The student will be assigned to a University approved organization engaged in activities related to the student`s academic program and career goals. The student will participate in activities related to funeral service that make a positive impact on or positive outreach for funeral service.  These activities can include, but not limited to, an active holiday program, an outreach program, an aftercare program or other community activities. The student will perform duties assigned by the immediate supervisor or the course coordinator. Reports and assignments must be completed by the student. Mandatory Pass/Fail.
MSFS 401-2 Funeral Service Counseling. The student will be taught specific counseling procedures when counseling the bereaved family. Specific attention will be paid to the counseling and communication techniques and skills that will assist individual family members with handling grief and the mourning process. In addition, students will explore the concepts of pre-need and after-care services. Prerequisites:MSFS 108 or PSYC 102 or consent of school.
MSFS 410-5 Funeral Service Internship-Management.  Students will be assigned to a University approved funeral home learning in actual practice situations: functional organization, procedures, and policies of the establishment. The course is 14 weeks in length. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: all other requirements of the MSFS major must be met including a grade point average of at least 2.0 in major. Co-requisites: MSFS 411 and 412.
MSFS 411-5 Funeral Service Internship-Embalming.  Students will be assigned to a University approved funeral home to be given the opportunity to learn embalming techniques by active participation in the preparation room under the direct supervision of a licensed embalmer. The course is 14 weeks in length. Not for graduate credit. Restriction: all other requirements of the MSFS major must be met including a grade point average of at least 2.0 in major. Co-requisites: MSFS 410 and 412. Special approval needed from the advisor.
MSFS 412-2 Funeral Service Seminar. Formal discussions are held to evaluate the experiences and progress of the participants in the internship program. The student will participate in mock funeral arrangements and will evaluate themselves on style, knowledge and confidence via video. The second part of the seminar is a review for the National Board Examination. In accordance with accreditation standards, each student will be required to take the National Board Examination prior to graduation. The expense for the exam is the responsibility of the student. Mandatory Pass/Fail. Not for graduate credit. Co-requisites: MSFS 410 and 411.
MSFS 415-3 On Dying and Death. Students will study the processes of death, grief, and bereavement. Emphasis on the practical aspects of coping with the many problems concerning death. Not for graduate credit.