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Service Corporation International Scholarship

The deadline is fast approaching for an amazing scholarship opportunity. Service Corporation International founded the SCI Scholarship Program in 2011 as a part of its vision to promote excellence in funeral service. The SCI Scholarship Program supports 50 outstanding Mortuary Science students annually with over $80,000 in scholarship funding.  This program demonstrates the Company’s commitment to:

  • •Recognizing students with exceptional leadership potential who are dedicated to a career in the funeral profession
  • •Providing financial support to future generations of funeral service professionals
  • •Creating career opportunities for talented mortuary science students

If you are interested in applying for the 2020 Scholarship Program click here.  The submission deadline is Tuesday, December 31, 2019.  You may also view the scholarship flyer or the presentation slide show for more information.
     


Commonwealth Institute Class Rings

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service and Jostens have partnered to offer Fourth Quarter students Class Rings.  There are two different styles of rings available (Achiever Series and Signet Series).  If Jostens receives your order by FridayNovember 8, 2019, you will have your class ring by Graduation.  All of the information is included on the attached order form.    Use this link to complete the form and return it to Jostens.


Welcome to the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service Online Campus. Commonwealth Institute has been helping educate future funeral service practitioners since 1936.

While Commonwealth Institute is located in Houston, America’s fourth largest city (with the many events and activities that appeal to students with different interests and backgrounds), we have extended beyond our immediate service area to meet the needs of our students who desire flexibility in obtaining their educational goals. Through Commonwealth’s Online Campus, delivered courses are identical in content to those offered in our traditional classrooms.

Additionally, our faculty consists of some of the most innovative and brightest individuals in funeral service education. Commonwealth Institute believes in utilizing industry experienced instructors, so our students can be confident that they’re prepared to enter the workforce as capable and responsible practitioners. We do not simply teach theory, but believe strongly in applied learning – that is taking the knowledge you learn online and demonstrating how to use it in the workplace.

Commonwealth Institute is a multicultural institution committed towards enhancing and facilitating learning in an environment that contributes to student success and academic excellence. On behalf of the Board of Regents, the administration, faculty and staff, I extend best wishes as you allow us to assist you in your quest for success and academic achievement.

Glenn Bower, CFSP, President

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service

    Available courses

    This course is a two week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    Introduction to Biology is designed for students with a limited background in biology. The course will survey the most important concepts, principles, and processes of the biological sciences. Course topics include cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biochemistry

    A course in the principles of law that form the legal framework for business activities. This legal framework includes applicable statutes, torts, contracts, personal and real property and consumer law.

    This course examines algebraic operations with polynomials and rational expressions, exponents, radicals and quadratics.

    In this course, the student will learn the embalming treatment and the handling of special cases.  The student is required to actively participate in the arterial and cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute’s clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth’s clinical supervisor.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    A continuation of Restorative Art I, the student will learn color theory, cosmetic applications, wax treatments, suturing, non-wax treatments, hair restoration, hypodermic tissue building, and death masks. The laboratory is designed to supplement the theoretical information provided in the lecture class. Students model facial features from clay and affix the a plastic armature, and practice mixing and applying cosmetics to a facial mask.

    Students will look at the general survey of sociology, its orientation, definition, and application within the realm of funeral service. Students will learn how sociology impacts funeral service, in the past, present and future.

    A continuation of the study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

    The student will learn the history of embalming, early contributors to the field and their influence to the embalming procedures. The student will learn the instruments, equipment and chemicals used in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform case analysis and determine which procedure(s) will be used. 

    Students will learn aspects of microbiology related to the causative agents of disease, methods of transmission, and techniques for disinfection and sterilization as it relates to funeral science.

    Students will learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry, atomic structure, the periodic table, valence and chemical equations. They will study solutions, an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry and will learn how chemistry is used in the embalming process.

    This is a course in funeral home management and practice. The student will learn the contemporary code of ethics for funeral service, various facets of funeral service practice including: the steps from the initial notification of death to final disposition, funeral records and forms, Social Security and Veteran benefits, professional relationships, establishing and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment and the supervision and training of personnel.

    The student will learn how grief affects the family of the deceased 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 understand his/her own personal resources for coping with loss situations.

    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.

    General Psychology is a course designed to familiarize students with the theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the processes involved in behaviors.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    This funeral service area is a survey of the history of funeral service with emphasis on ethnic groups that have influenced contemporary funeral principles and practices as well as the progression of associations and education within funeral service.

    The course on Funeral Merchandising is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the construction and features of caskets, outer burial containers and other funeral related products. The second section of the course examines methods of purchasing, pricing, displaying and selling funeral-related merchandise as well as funeral services.

    Students will learn general disease processes including terminology related to disease; causes of the disease, cellular reaction to injury; structural abnormalities, inflammation and repair; neoplasms and cysts; various disease of the blood, heart, blood vessels, digestive system, respiratory tract, urinary and reproductive systems, nervous system, bones & joints and endocrine glands.

    Mortuary Law is designed to introduce the student to sources of law; the legal status of the dead human body; the duty of burial, right to control funeral arrangements and final disposition, and liability for funeral expenses; torts involving the dead human body and the funeral director; wills, estates and probate proceedings; cemeteries and issues related thereto; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to funeral sales and service, disinterment and cremation, and the legal aspects of being a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

    As stated in the catalog, emphasis is placed on funeral service professional ethics and the role of the funeral director in conducting various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, nontraditional, and humanistic funeral ceremonies including cultural, ethnic, and geographic customs.

    An orientation and introduction to restorative art. The student will learn terminology, terms of anatomical direction, bones and muscles of the cranium, facial proportions, facial profiles, geometric head shapes and detailed study of the parts of the features. Also included are the classifications and descriptions of facial markings.

    The student will learn linear & anatomical guides and anatomical limits and how they will apply them to the embalming process. They will learn the various chemicals and their proper use in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform cavity embalming and the importance of this procedure. The student is required to actively participate in the arterial & cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute's clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth's clinical supervisor.

    The study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisites: None

    This course will cover Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as it relates to the funeral service professional. The areas to be discussed will be Hazard Communication Standard, Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, Formaldehyde Standard, and Ethical behavior and expectations.

    The student will learn workplace safety guidelines as related to funeral service personnel. This will include: Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for Hazard Communication Standard, Formaldehyde Monitoring, Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, Infection Control and Preparation Room Requirements. Ethics as related to the preparation room and funeral service are also included.

    This course is a continuation of U.S. History 1301 and covers 1863 to modern times. It is worth four quarter hours (44 hours in total).

    The student will learn about effective communication skills within our industry.

    The course will cover practical considerations involved in starting and operating a business. Topics include analyzing potential markets, 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.

    Introduction to Biology is designed for students with a limited background in biology. The course will survey the most important concepts, principles, and processes of the biological sciences. Course topics include cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biochemistry.

    A course in the principles of law that form the legal framework for business activities. This legal framework includes applicable statutes, torts, contracts, personal and real property and consumer law.

    At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

    • Write a multi-paragraph composition with clear organization, including an introduction with a strong thesis, three or more body paragraphs which clearly develop the thesis, and a strong conclusion.
    • Avoid most errors in grammar and mechanics while at the same time showing ability in logic, unity and coherence.
    • Demonstrate college-level content and style.
    • Show ability to express thoughts clearly and coherently.
    • Document research through the correct use of MLA style.
    • Critically read student and professional essays from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
    • Demonstrate overall competency in writing.

    This course examines algebraic operations with polynomials and rational expressions, exponents, radicals and quadratics.

    In this course, the student will learn the embalming treatment and the handling of special cases.  The student is required to actively participate in the arterial and cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute’s clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth’s clinical supervisor.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    A continuation of Restorative Art I, the student will learn color theory, cosmetic applications, wax treatments, suturing, non-wax treatments, hair restoration, hypodermic tissue building, and death masks. The laboratory is designed to supplement the theoretical information provided in the lecture class. Students model facial features from clay and affix the a plastic armature, and practice mixing and applying cosmetics to a facial mask.

    Students will look at the general survey of sociology, its orientation, definition, and application within the realm of funeral service. Students will learn how sociology impacts funeral service, in the past, present and future.

    A continuation of the study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

    The student will learn the history of embalming, early contributors to the field and their influence to the embalming procedures. The student will learn the instruments, equipment and chemicals used in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform case analysis and determine which procedure(s) will be used. 

    Students will learn aspects of microbiology related to the causative agents of disease, methods of transmission, and techniques for disinfection and sterilization as it relates to funeral science.

    Students will learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry, atomic structure, the periodic table, valence and chemical equations. They will study solutions, an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry and will learn how chemistry is used in the embalming process.

    This is a course in funeral home management and practice. The student will learn the contemporary code of ethics for funeral service, various facets of funeral service practice including: the steps from the initial notification of death to final disposition, funeral records and forms, Social Security and Veteran benefits, professional relationships, establishing and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment and the supervision and training of personnel.

    The student will learn how grief affects the family of the deceased 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 understand his/her own personal resources for coping with loss situations.

    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.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    General Psychology is a course designed to familiarize students with the theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the processes involved in behaviors.

    This funeral service area is a survey of the history of funeral service with emphasis on ethnic groups that have influenced contemporary funeral principles and practices as well as the progression of associations and education within funeral service.

    The course on Funeral Merchandising is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the construction and features of caskets, outer burial containers and other funeral related products. The second section of the course examines methods of purchasing, pricing, displaying and selling funeral-related merchandise as well as funeral services.

    Students will learn general disease processes including terminology related to disease; causes of the disease, cellular reaction to injury; structural abnormalities, inflammation and repair; neoplasms and cysts; various disease of the blood, heart, blood vessels, digestive system, respiratory tract, urinary and reproductive systems, nervous system, bones & joints and endocrine glands.

    Mortuary Law is designed to introduce the student to sources of law; the legal status of the dead human body; the duty of burial, right to control funeral arrangements and final disposition and liability for funeral expenses; torts involving the dead human body and the funeral director; wills, estates and probate proceedings; cemeteries and issues related thereto; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to funeral service; and the legal aspects of being a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

    As stated in the catalog, emphasis is placed on funeral service professional ethics and the role of the funeral director in conducting various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, nontraditional, and humanistic funeral ceremonies including cultural, ethnic, and geographic customs.

    An orientation and introduction to restorative art. The student will learn terminology, terms of anatomical direction, bones and muscles of the cranium, facial proportions, facial profiles, geometric head shapes and detailed study of the parts of the features. Also included are the classifications and descriptions of facial markings.

    The student will learn linear & anatomical guides and anatomical limits and how they will apply them to the embalming process. They will learn the various chemicals and their proper use in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform cavity embalming and the importance of this procedure. The student is required to actively participate in the arterial & cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute's clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth's clinical supervisor.

    The study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisites: None

    The student will learn workplace safety guidelines as related to funeral service personnel. This will include: Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for Hazard Communication Standard, Formaldehyde Monitoring, Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, Infection Control and Preparation Room Requirements. Ethics as related to the preparation room and funeral service are also included.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    The student will learn about effective communication skills within our industry.

    The course will cover practical considerations involved in starting and operating a business. Topics include analyzing potential markets, 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.

    This course is a continuation of U.S. History 1301 and covers 1863 to modern times. It is worth four quarter hours (44 hours in total).

    Students will learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry, atomic structure, the periodic table, valence and chemical equations. They will study solutions, an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry and will learn how chemistry is used in the embalming process.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    This course is 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 the National Board Examination (or comparable examination). As applicable, this course will help prepare 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.

    This course is 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 the State Board Examination (or comparable examination). As applicable, this course will help prepare 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 State Board Examination.

    General Psychology is a course designed to familiarize students with the theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the processes involved in behaviors.

    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.

    The student will learn how grief affects the family of the deceased 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 understand his/her own personal resources for coping with loss situations.

    This is a course in funeral home management and practice. The student will learn the contemporary code of ethics for funeral service, various facets of funeral service practice including: the steps from the initial notification of death to final disposition, funeral records and forms, Social Security and Veteran benefits, professional relationships, establishing and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment and the supervision and training of personnel.

    Students will learn aspects of microbiology related to the causative agents of disease, methods of transmission, and techniques for disinfection and sterilization as it relates to funeral science.

    The student will learn the history of embalming, early contributors to the field and their influence to the embalming procedures. The student will learn the instruments, equipment and chemicals used in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform case analysis and determine which procedure(s) will be used. 

    A continuation of the study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

    Students will look at the general survey of sociology, its orientation, definition, and application within the realm of funeral service. Students will learn how sociology impacts funeral service, in the past, present and future.

    A continuation of Restorative Art I, the student will learn color theory, cosmetic applications, wax treatments, suturing, non-wax treatments, hair restoration, hypodermic tissue building, and death masks. The laboratory is designed to supplement the theoretical information provided in the lecture class. Students model facial features from clay and affix the a plastic armature, and practice mixing and applying cosmetics to a facial mask.

    In this course, the student will learn the embalming treatment and the handling of special cases.  The student is required to actively participate in the arterial and cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute’s clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth’s clinical supervisor.

    This course examines algebraic operations with polynomials and rational expressions, exponents, radicals and quadratics.

    At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

    • Write a multi-paragraph composition with clear organization, including an introduction with a strong thesis, three or more body paragraphs which clearly develop the thesis, and a strong conclusion.
    • Avoid most errors in grammar and mechanics while at the same time showing ability in logic, unity and coherence.
    • Demonstrate college-level content and style.
    • Show ability to express thoughts clearly and coherently.
    • Document research through the correct use of MLA style.
    • Critically read student and professional essays from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
    • Demonstrate overall competency in writing.

    A course in the principles of law that form the legal framework for business activities. This legal framework includes applicable statutes, torts, contracts, personal and real property and consumer law.

    Introduction to Biology is designed for students with a limited background in biology. The course will survey the most important concepts, principles, and processes of the biological sciences. Course topics include cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biochemistry.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    As stated in the catalog, emphasis is placed on funeral service professional ethics and the role of the funeral director in conducting various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, nontraditional, and humanistic funeral ceremonies including cultural, ethnic, and geographic customs.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    This funeral service area is a survey of the history of funeral service with emphasis on ethnic groups that have influenced contemporary funeral principles and practices as well as the progression of associations and education within funeral service.

    The course on Funeral Merchandising is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the construction and features of caskets, outer burial containers and other funeral related products. The second section of the course examines methods of purchasing, pricing, displaying and selling funeral-related merchandise as well as funeral services.

    Students will learn general disease processes including terminology related to disease; causes of the disease, cellular reaction to injury; structural abnormalities, inflammation and repair; neoplasms and cysts; various disease of the blood, heart, blood vessels, digestive system, respiratory tract, urinary and reproductive systems, nervous system, bones & joints and endocrine glands.

    Mortuary Law is designed to introduce the student to sources of law; the legal status of the dead human body; the duty of burial, right to control funeral arrangements and final disposition and liability for funeral expenses; torts involving the dead human body and the funeral director; wills, estates and probate proceedings; cemeteries and issues related thereto; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to funeral service; and the legal aspects of being a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

    An orientation and introduction to restorative art. The student will learn terminology, terms of anatomical direction, bones and muscles of the cranium, facial proportions, facial profiles, geometric head shapes and detailed study of the parts of the features. Also included are the classifications and descriptions of facial markings.

    The student will learn linear & anatomical guides and anatomical limits and how they will apply them to the embalming process. They will learn the various chemicals and their proper use in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform cavity embalming and the importance of this procedure. The student is required to actively participate in the arterial & cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute's clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth's clinical supervisor.

    The study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisites: None

    The student will learn workplace safety guidelines as related to funeral service personnel. This will include: Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for Hazard Communication Standard, Formaldehyde Monitoring, Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, Infection Control and Preparation Room Requirements. Ethics as related to the preparation room and funeral service are also included.

    The student will learn about effective communication skills within our industry.

    The course will cover practical considerations involved in starting and operating a business. Topics include analyzing potential markets, 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.

    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.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    General Psychology is a course designed to familiarize students with the theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the processes involved in behaviors.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    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.

    The student will learn how grief affects the family of the deceased 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 understand his/her own personal resources for coping with loss situations.

    This is a course in funeral home management and practice. The student will learn the contemporary code of ethics for funeral service, various facets of funeral service practice including: the steps from the initial notification of death to final disposition, funeral records and forms, Social Security and Veteran benefits, professional relationships, establishing and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment and the supervision and training of personnel.

    Students will learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry, atomic structure, the periodic table, valence and chemical equations. They will study solutions, an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry and will learn how chemistry is used in the embalming process.

    Students will learn aspects of microbiology related to the causative agents of disease, methods of transmission, and techniques for disinfection and sterilization as it relates to funeral science.

    The student will learn the history of embalming, early contributors to the field and their influence to the embalming procedures. The student will learn the instruments, equipment and chemicals used in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform case analysis and determine which procedure(s) will be used. 

    A continuation of the study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

    Students will look at the general survey of sociology, its orientation, definition, and application within the realm of funeral service. Students will learn how sociology impacts funeral service, in the past, present and future.

    A continuation of Restorative Art I, the student will learn color theory, cosmetic applications, wax treatments, suturing, non-wax treatments, hair restoration, hypodermic tissue building, and death masks. The laboratory is designed to supplement the theoretical information provided in the lecture class. Students model facial features from clay and affix the a plastic armature, and practice mixing and applying cosmetics to a facial mask.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    In this course, the student will learn the embalming treatment and the handling of special cases.  The student is required to actively participate in the arterial and cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute’s clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth’s clinical supervisor.

    This course examines algebraic operations with polynomials and rational expressions, exponents, radicals and quadratics.

    At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

    • Write a multi-paragraph composition with clear organization, including an introduction with a strong thesis, three or more body paragraphs which clearly develop the thesis, and a strong conclusion.
    • Avoid most errors in grammar and mechanics while at the same time showing ability in logic, unity and coherence.
    • Demonstrate college-level content and style.
    • Show ability to express thoughts clearly and coherently.
    • Document research through the correct use of MLA style.
    • Critically read student and professional essays from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
    • Demonstrate overall competency in writing.

    A course in the principles of law that form the legal framework for business activities. This legal framework includes applicable statutes, torts, contracts, personal and real property and consumer law.

    Introduction to Biology is designed for students with a limited background in biology. The course will survey the most important concepts, principles, and processes of the biological sciences. Course topics include cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biochemistry.

    This funeral service area is a survey of the history of funeral service with emphasis on ethnic groups that have influenced contemporary funeral principles and practices as well as the progression of associations and education within funeral service.

    The course on Funeral Merchandising is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the construction and features of caskets, outer burial containers and other funeral related products. The second section of the course examines methods of purchasing, pricing, displaying and selling funeral-related merchandise as well as funeral services.

    Students will learn general disease processes including terminology related to disease; causes of the disease, cellular reaction to injury; structural abnormalities, inflammation and repair; neoplasms and cysts; various disease of the blood, heart, blood vessels, digestive system, respiratory tract, urinary and reproductive systems, nervous system, bones & joints and endocrine glands.

    Mortuary Law is designed to introduce the student to sources of law; the legal status of the dead human body; the duty of burial, right to control funeral arrangements and final disposition and liability for funeral expenses; torts involving the dead human body and the funeral director; wills, estates and probate proceedings; cemeteries and issues related thereto; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to funeral service; and the legal aspects of being a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

    As stated in the catalog, emphasis is placed on funeral service professional ethics and the role of the funeral director in conducting various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, nontraditional, and humanistic funeral ceremonies including cultural, ethnic, and geographic customs.

    An orientation and introduction to restorative art. The student will learn terminology, terms of anatomical direction, bones and muscles of the cranium, facial proportions, facial profiles, geometric head shapes and detailed study of the parts of the features. Also included are the classifications and descriptions of facial markings.

    The student will learn linear & anatomical guides and anatomical limits and how they will apply them to the embalming process. They will learn the various chemicals and their proper use in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform cavity embalming and the importance of this procedure. The student is required to actively participate in the arterial & cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute's clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth's clinical supervisor.

    The study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisites: None

    The student will learn workplace safety guidelines as related to funeral service personnel. This will include: Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for Hazard Communication Standard, Formaldehyde Monitoring, Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, Infection Control and Preparation Room Requirements. Ethics as related to the preparation room and funeral service are also included.

    The student will learn about effective communication skills within our industry.

    The course will cover practical considerations involved in starting and operating a business. Topics include analyzing potential markets, 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.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    Students will look at the general survey of sociology, its orientation, definition, and application within the realm of funeral service. Students will learn how sociology impacts funeral service, in the past, present and future.

    Mortuary Law is designed to introduce the student to sources of law; the legal status of the dead human body; the duty of burial, right to control funeral arrangements and final disposition and liability for funeral expenses; torts involving the dead human body and the funeral director; wills, estates and probate proceedings; cemeteries and issues related thereto; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to funeral service; and the legal aspects of being a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    Students will learn aspects of microbiology related to the causative agents of disease, methods of transmission, and techniques for disinfection and sterilization as it relates to funeral science.

    The student will learn the history of embalming, early contributors to the field and their influence to the embalming procedures. The student will learn the instruments, equipment and chemicals used in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform case analysis and determine which procedure(s) will be used. 

    A continuation of the study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

    Students will look at the general survey of sociology, its orientation, definition, and application within the realm of funeral service. Students will learn how sociology impacts funeral service, in the past, present and future.

    A continuation of Restorative Art I, the student will learn color theory, cosmetic applications, wax treatments, suturing, non-wax treatments, hair restoration, hypodermic tissue building, and death masks. The laboratory is designed to supplement the theoretical information provided in the lecture class. Students model facial features from clay and affix the a plastic armature, and practice mixing and applying cosmetics to a facial mask.

    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. This is a pass/fail course.

    In this course, the student will learn the embalming treatment and the handling of special cases.  The student is required to actively participate in the arterial and cavity embalming of ten (10) human remains minimum. Cases must be completed under the direct supervision of Commonwealth Institute’s clinical embalming instructors and/or Commonwealth’s clinical supervisor.

    This course examines algebraic operations with polynomials and rational expressions, exponents, radicals and quadratics.

    At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

    • Write a multi-paragraph composition with clear organization, including an introduction with a strong thesis, three or more body paragraphs which clearly develop the thesis, and a strong conclusion.
    • Avoid most errors in grammar and mechanics while at the same time showing ability in logic, unity and coherence.
    • Demonstrate college-level content and style.
    • Show ability to express thoughts clearly and coherently.
    • Document research through the correct use of MLA style.
    • Critically read student and professional essays from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
    • Demonstrate overall competency in writing.

    A course in the principles of law that form the legal framework for business activities. This legal framework includes applicable statutes, torts, contracts, personal and real property and consumer law.

    Introduction to Biology is designed for students with a limited background in biology. The course will survey the most important concepts, principles, and processes of the biological sciences. Course topics include cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biochemistry.

    General Psychology is a course designed to familiarize students with the theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the processes involved in behaviors.

    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.

    The student will learn how grief affects the family of the deceased 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 understand his/her own personal resources for coping with loss situations.

    This is a course in funeral home management and practice. The student will learn the contemporary code of ethics for funeral service, various facets of funeral service practice including: the steps from the initial notification of death to final disposition, funeral records and forms, Social Security and Veteran benefits, professional relationships, establishing and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment and the supervision and training of personnel.

    Students will learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry, atomic structure, the periodic table, valence and chemical equations. They will study solutions, an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry and will learn how chemistry is used in the embalming process.

    This course is a one week, self-paced course developed to introduce the student to the policies and procedures unique to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. The student will also become acquainted with some of the features used routinely in CIFS online courses.

    Students will learn aspects of microbiology related to the causative agents of disease, methods of transmission, and techniques for disinfection and sterilization as it relates to funeral science.

    Introduction to Biology is designed for students with a limited background in biology. The course will survey the most important concepts, principles, and processes of the biological sciences. Course topics include cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biochemistry.

    A continuation of the study of the systems of the body, the student will learn the muscular, lymph and circulatory systems.

    The student will learn the history of embalming, early contributors to the field and their influence to the embalming procedures. The student will learn the instruments, equipment and chemicals used in the embalming process. The student will learn how to perform case analysis and determine which procedure(s) will be used.

    This course examines ways to preserve bat populations and habitats in suburban areas