All A.A.S. degree students, campus and online, must complete the curricular labs and externships as a requirement for graduation. These translate the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom into practical, hands-on experience. Included are the three following areas: funeral directing, embalming, and restorative art.
Campus AAS: In general, campus degree students will complete all lab and externship requirements on the CIFS campus. The only exception is the Funeral Directing Externship activities which cannot be completed in a mock setting and is an assignment during the 1st quarter of specialized courses. Embalming is done during the 3rd quarter of specialized courses; one afternoon per week according to a preset schedule. During the 4th quarter of specialized courses, campus students will complete both the Restorative Art Lab and the Funeral Directing Externship arrangements. These 4th quarter requirements typically take place during normal school hours.
Online AAS: Online degree students may choose between two distinct paths to complete their lab and externship requirements. One path is intended to allow those students currently working in funeral service to complete a portion of their requirements at their place of employment (provided certain criteria are met), and the other path is designed for those who need to complete all requirements on campus. During the Embalming II course (3rd quarter of specialized courses), students will officially select their path and sign up for their scheduled time on campus – 2 to 5 days depending on path. The available dates/weeks generally start around the beginning of the 4th quarter of specialized courses and run through the last week before final exams and exit exams. The two path options are outlined on the next page.
Path A – For those who DO NOT work in funeral service or cannot complete the requirements at their place of employment.
Path B – For those who DO work in funeral service and can complete some designated requirements at their place of employment.
NOTE: Online students are responsible for all costs associated with travel, transportation, lodging, food, etc.
For additional information on labs and externships, see Section 5 in the Student Handbook.
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