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A student may select to complete the certificate in funeral directing via web-based instruction (on-line or eLearning). This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs.  It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.  Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required. Courses taken through this option follow the same academic term and length, and have the same rigorous academic and admission requirements as those taken on-campus. The online program is lesson-based. Students complete eight to ten lessons per module. A student must complete a lesson before proceeding to the next lesson within a module. Modules (as sequenced below) are taken concurrently throughout the quarter. For example, a student enrolled in first quarter general education modules will complete modules 1 – 4 during the quarter.

First Quarter – General Education Modules

Module Prefix & Number Course Title Lessons Credit Hrs
Module 1: BIOL 1408 Biology 1 10 6 qtr.
Module 2: ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric 10 5 qtr.
Module 3: PSYC 2301 General Psychology 10 5 qtr.
Module 4: MATH 1314 College Algebra 10 4 qtr.
Total Lessons & Credit Hours:
40 20

Second Quarter – Specialized and Related Modules

Module Prefix & Number Course Title Lessons Credit Hrs
Module 5: BUSI 1302 Operating a Business 8 4 qtr.
Module 6: MSCI 1212 Funeral Directing 8 3 qtr.
Module 7: MSCI 1317 History of Funeral Service 8 4 qtr.
Module 8: MSCI 1115 Occupational Safety & Ethics 8 2 qtr.
Modeul 9: MSCI 1313 Funeral Merchandising 8 4 qtr.
Module 10: MSCI 1219 Mortuary Law 8 3 qtr.
Total Lessons & Credit Hours:
48 20

Third Quarter – Specialized and Related Modules (cont.)

Module Prefix & Number Course Title Lessons Credit Hrs
Module 11: BUSI 2301 Business Law 8 4 qtr.
Module 12: MSCI 1314 Mortuary Administration 8 4 qtr.
Module 13: MSCI 1118 Sociology of Funeral Service 8 2 qtr.
Module 14: MSCI 1316 Counseling/Dynamics of Grief 8 4 qtr.
Modeul 15: OFAD 1307 Office Accounting 8 4 qtr.
Module 16: MSCI 1020 Board Review 8 1 qtr.
Total Lessons & Credit Hours:
48 19
Grand Total:
136 59
*Maximum time to complete program = 4 quarters.

Progress Requirements:

Student’s progress in the Online Certificate in Funeral Directing Program is evaluated throughout the online program as Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service receives each lesson. Progress is documented as students complete lessons and receive graded assignments. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average as evaluated at the end of each quarter. If at the end of the quarter, the student has not completed the required modules, the student’s enrollment shall be terminated. Additionally, students have one week to complete a lesson. Failure to turn in a lesson will result in a student being placed on academic probation. At the end of an 11 week quarter, a missed lesson must be turned in for grading or termination from the program will occur.

Tuition and Fees:

The tuition and fee cost for the Online Certificate in Funeral Directing program is as follows:

If the general study courses are taken at Commonwealth, tuition and fees will be $10,366 payable as follows:

  • $50 application fee due with application
  • $50 graduation fee due 30 days prior to graduation
  • and $10,266 tuition.

If the general study courses are transferred to Commonwealth, tuition and fees will be $6,886 payable as follows:

  • $50 application fee due with application
  • $50 graduation fee due 30 days prior to graduation
  • and $6,876 tuition.
Tuition for the Certificate in Funeral Directing program is due the first day of each quarter. Student enrolled in the Online Certificate in Funeral Directing program are not eligible to participate in federal aid programs or the Institute’s monthly payment plan. For additional information, please view our Cancellation and Refund Policy for Online Certificate in Funeral Directing.

Course Descriptions

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE

Biology 1-BIOL 1408
6 quarter hours
Prereq: none

A contemporary course in which the student will learn the applications of the scientific method, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, classical and human genetics, and virology. (66/0/0/6) Module 1: 10 lessons on-line

Composition and Rhetoric 1-ENGL 1301
5 quarter hours.
Prerequisite: none

This course provides students with the rhetorical foundations that prepares them for the demands of professional writing. The student will learn how to recognize and deploy the strategies and processes that translate into effective written products in a variety of contexts for a variety of purposes. (55/0/0/5) Module 2: 10 lessons on-line

General Psychology –PSYC 2301
5 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

The student will learn the elementary principles of human behavior. (55/0/0/5)
Module 3: 10 lessons on-line

College Algebra -MATH 1314
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

Topics include quadratics, polynomial and exponential functions, graphing, linear equations & inequalities, factoring techniques and algebraic fractions. (44/0/0/4)
Module 4: 10 lessons on-line

MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

Board Review- MSCI 1020
1 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

Board Review is a course customized to acclimate each student to the expectations of licensure examinations. Including both current rules and regulations of the state(s) in which they intend to seek licensure and subject matter found on National Board Examination (or comparable board examination). As applicable, this course will help prepare, through simulated board examinations, the student for academic success on state law exam(s) required of individuals seeking licensure in the various parts of the country and on the National Board Examination. (11/0/0/1)

Funeral Directing- MSCI 1212
3 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

A course in directing the various types of funeral services. The student will learn funeral service professional ethics and the role of the funeral director in conducting various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, non traditional, and humanistic funeral ceremonies including cultural, ethnic, and geographic customs.(33/0/0/3)
Module 6: 8 lessons on-line

Funeral Merchandising- MSCI 1313
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

A course in funeral home management and practice that reviews the aims and objectives of the funeral home practitioner. The student will learn the component parts and the construction of caskets and outer burial containers and how to professionally arrange the selection room and the methodology for pricing funeral service merchandise. Various experts from the funeral service profession provide special presentations and/or field trips that will incorporate the theoretical with practical aspects of funeral service merchandising. (44/0/0/4) Module 9: 8 lessons on-line

Mortuary Administration- MCSI 1314
4 quarter hours.
Prerequisite: Operating a Business BUSI 1302

A course in funeral home management and practice. The student will learn contemporary code of ethics for funeral service, various facets of funeral service practice including: the steps from first call to final disposition, funeral records and forms, Social Security and Veteran benefits, professional relationships, establishing and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment, and supervision and training personnel. The student will also learn the techniques in conducting the funeral arrangement through role-play exercises. (44/0/0/4) Module 12: 8 lessons on-line

Occupational Safety & Ethics- MSCI 1115
2 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

The student will learn workplace safety guidelines as related to funeral service personnel. This will include: Occupational Safety & Ethics and Health Administration guidelines for Hazard Communication Standard, Formaldehyde Monitoring, Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Infection Control and Preparation Room Requirements. (22/0/0/2)
Module 8: 8 lessons on-line

Office Accounting- OFAD 1307
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

This course is designed to develop an understanding of an accounting system. The student will learn how to analyze business transactions and how they relate to the accounting cycle, primarily a small service and merchandising business. The student will learn journalizing, posting, preparing a trial balance, completing financial reports and computing payroll and payroll taxes. (44/0/0/4) Module 15: 8 lessons on-line

Operating a Business- BUSI 1302
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

The student will learn the practical considerations involved in starting and operating a business. Topics include analyzing potential market, acquiring financial backing, establishing record-keeping systems, making marketing and pricing decisions, managing financial and human resources, purchasing, controlling inventory, sales forecasting, meeting legal requirements, and using professional resources. (44/0/0/4)
Module 5: 8 lessons on-line

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Counseling/Dynamics of Grief- MSCI 1316
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

The student will learn how grief affects the deceased family and the role of the funeral in grief resolution. Grief reactions, grief cycles, and the various stages of grief will be explored. The student will learn an understanding of the basic methods and procedures of grief counseling and the many elements that a funeral director brings into the counseling session. The student learns to recognize and understands his/her own personal resources for coping with loss situations. (44/0/0/4)
Module 14: 8 lessons on-line

History of Funeral Service- MSCI 1317
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

This course traces the development of funeral service from the ancient Egyptians to modern times. The students will learn the historical roots of modern practices. (44/0/0/4)
Module 7: 8 lessons on-line

Sociology of Funeral Service- MSCI 1118
2 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

A general survey of sociology, the orientation, definition, application and purpose of culture, mores, folkways, and the study of the family unit. The students will learn how each of these impact death rituals. (22/0/0/2) Module 13: 8 lessons on-line

LEGAL REGULATORY AND ETHICAL

Business Law – BUSI 2301
4 quarter hours.
Prereq: Mortuary Law MSCI 1219

A course in the principles of law which form the legal framework for business activities. The student will learn the legal framework for business activities that includes applicable statutes, torts, contracts, personal and real property, wills and trusts, and consumer law. (44/0/0/4) Module 11: 8 lessons on-line

Mortuary Law- MSCI 1219
3 quarter hours.
Prereq: none

This course will provide the legal fundamentals that apply to funeral service. The students will learn the corporative state laws, rules, and regulations that pertain to funeral service; laws regarding the rights and duties and responsibilities of funeral service professional; and licensure requirements for funeral directors, embalmers and funeral establishments. (33/0/0/3) Module 10: 8 lessons on-line

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