Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
MOR215Funeral Law I3A survey of 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 including contracts, sales, bailment (including carriers), commercial paper, agency, employment and business organization. Prerequisite: Admission to the Mortuary Science or Funeral Services program, or admission to the Liberal Arts AA - Pre-Mortuary Science concentration.Loading...
MOR301Intro to Funeral Service1Students will trace the history of funeral service from ancient times with emphasis on the development of funeral practices in the United States, to include current practices in funeral service and contemporary issues affecting funeral services. Prerequisite: Admission to the Mortuary Science program Advanced Standing Diploma or completion of general education courses required for the Funeral Services AAS program.Loading...
MOR302Cremation Services2Students will thoroughly review the legal requirements and process of cremation, and is designed to equip the student to perform a cremation upon graduation. This course will also explore various contemporary disposition issues affecting funeral services. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301.Loading...
MOR315Funeral Law II3Deals with the statutory laws and practices pertaining to funeral services. The student will study the laws that govern the funeral director, the embalmer and their legal responsibilities to the consumer. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301.Loading...
MOR320Thanatology3This course is a survey of the basic principles of psychology, sociology and counseling as they relate to funeral service. The course stresses the psychological concepts in the areas of grief, bereavement, mourning, aftercare, and crisis intervention with emphasis on the roles of the funeral director, as well as the family and social structures and their relationship to funeral service. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MOR 301 Loading...
MOR323Funeral Directing I2Surveys the principles related to funeral directing including human relations, relations with clergy, and the professional behavior required of funeral directors. In addition, this course will cover the principles of the operations of a funeral home, including funeral service forms and vital statistics. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301 Corequisite: MOR 324.Loading...
MOR324Funeral Home Operations I1This course will provide the student opportunities to simulate the standard operations of a funeral home. Activities will include simulated funeral arrangement conferences, completing standard funeral service forms, creating memorialization products (e.g. register books, folders, etc.) using funeral service software programs, and simulating technical tasks such as transfers of remains, dressing/casketing, and preparation for ID/cremation viewings. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301 Corequisite: MOR 323Loading...
MOR331Funeral Home Management2Introduction to management concepts which will affect funeral directors to include personnel management, risk management, facilities management, funeral home marketing and basic accounting principles. Prerequisite: Admission to the Mortuary Science or Funeral Services program, or admission to the Liberal Arts AA - Pre-Mortuary Science concentration. Loading...
MOR333Funeral Directing II3This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the various products available through funeral homes and competing industries. Topics of study will include merchandising and pricing techniques, casket components and construction, outer burial containers, urns, and cemetery components. In addition, this course will cover the principles of making funeral arrangements and will include detailed information on various funeral rites with emphasis on religious customs but also including non-religious, military, and fraternal rites. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301 Corequisite: MOR 334.Loading...
MOR334Funeral Home Operations II1This course will provide the student opportunities to observe and assemble various religious funeral rites and simulate standard funeral home activities relating to merchandise display and presentation. The student will also create and present a non-religious simulated funeral service. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301 Corequisite: MOR 333.Loading...
MOR335Embalming I3Basic techniques of embalming through disinfection, preservation and restoration of deceased human remains. Included are instruments, treatment planning and the practical application of modern embalming theory. Prerequisite: Admission to the Mortuary Science program. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301 with either BIO 733 or BIO 164. Corequisite: MOR 336Loading...
MOR336Embalming I Clinical1This course is a study of basic techniques of embalming through disinfection, preservation and restoration of deceased human remains. Included are instruments, treatment planning and the practical application of modern embalming theory. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301 and either BIO 733 or BIO 164. Corequisite: MOR 335Loading...
MOR340Embalming II3The student will study the anatomy of the circulatory system, the autopsied case, the cavity embalming, the contents of the thoracid and abdominal cavities and various embalming treatments. Prerequisites: MOR 336, MOR 335 and either BIO 733 or BIO 164. Corequisite: MOR 341Loading...
MOR341Embalming II Clinical1This course is a study of basic techniques of embalming through disinfection, preservation, and restoration of deceased human remains. Included are instruments, treatment planning, and the practical application of modern embalming theory. Prerequisite: MOR 335, MOR 336 and BIO 733 or BIO 164. Corequisite: MOR 340Loading...
MOR345Restorative Art3Students will develop knowledge of anatomical modeling, facial expressions, color, cosmetics, display lighting, instruments and materials and techniques necessary to rebuild the human face that has been destroyed by traumatic and/or pathological conditions. Prerequisite: MOR 335, MOR 336 and either BIO 733 or BIO 164. Loading...
MOR346Restorative Art Lab1This course is designed to provide the student with the theories applied in restorative art procedures. The student will study the anatomical structure of the cranial and facial areas of the human skull, facial proportions and markings, methods and techniques used to restore facial features destroyed by traumatic or pathological conditions, and color and cosmetology theory. Prerequisites: MOR 335, 336 and either BIO 733 or BIO 164. Corequisite: MOR 345Loading...
MOR365Survey of Infectious Diseases2This course provides a survey of infectious disease processes, nonspecific and specific defense mechanisms, and principles of infection control and epidemiology. Safe handling of infectious materials and personal protective equipment are emphasized. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301.Loading...
MOR366Funeral Pathology2Students 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. Pathologic conditions that require special treatment and terminology associated with the causes of death. Pre/Corequisite: MOR 301.Loading...
MOR370Iowa Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Iowa laws and rules relating to Funeral Service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program chairLoading...
MOR371Illinois Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Illinois laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR372Kansas Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Kansas laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR373Minnesota Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Minnesota laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR374Missouri Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Missouri laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR375Nebraska Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Nebraska laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR376North Dakota Funeral Law1This course is a study of the North Dakota laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR377South Dakota Funeral Law1This course is a study of the South Dakota laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR378Wisconsin Funeral Law1This course is a study of the Wisconsin laws and rules relating to funeral service. The topics include: licensure, funeral service practice, cremation, vital statistics, cemeteries, and pre-need. Prerequisite: Approval of Program ChairLoading...
MOR390Professional Review2Students will study the professional standards and ethics to which funeral directors adhere. Students will also be exposed to test-taking strategies for the National Board Exam and discover the licensure process for funeral directors. Prerequisite: Completion of all Mortuary Science courses and consent of program and chairperson. Corequisite: MOR 940 and MOR 941 Loading...
MOR940Funeral Capstone1This lab course will survey essential aspects of the funeral service profession. Students will be on campus to demonstrate the various tasks required of a funeral director to include: technical embalming skills, restorative art techniques for cosmetic applications, dressing, casketing and placing in state, funeral arrangement opportunities, setting up visitations, writing obituaries, planning services, and demonstrating verbal and written communication skills. Prerequisite: Completion of all other Mortuary Science courses and consent of the Program Chair. Prerequisite: Completion of all other Mortuary Science courses and consent of the Program Chair. Corequisite: MOR 390 and MOR 941Loading...
MOR941Practicum4Students will be assigned to a college-approved funeral home to learn procedures and policies and perform duties directly relating to the practice of funeral service as assigned by the preceptor, licensed funeral home staff and faculty members. Prerequisite: Completion of all Mortuary Science courses and consent of the program chairperson. Corequisite: MOR 390 and MOR 940 Loading...