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Draft: 2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

Funeral Service, Diploma


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General Information

Mount Royal’s Funeral programs prepare students for an entry-level position in the funeral service profession. The majority of courses are delivered online and students learn from expert instructors in an interactive environment. Students may complete their online courses and work experience within their home community. The Funeral Service diploma is the credential preferred by funeral home employers. Students are prepared to license as a Funeral Director and as an Embalmer.

Program Duration

Program requirements for diploma completion can be completed in 12 months. Students have six (6) calendar years from the date of initial registration in the Funeral Service diploma to complete all requirements. Students seeking an extension beyond six (6) years may be required to complete additional course work.

Residency Requirements

Normally, 50% of the academic work completed toward the award of a Mount Royal parchment must be completed at the University, except where written approval has been given by the dean/director of the appropriate faculty. In addition, the embalming practicum and work experience components of the Funeral Service programs must normally be completed as a student of Mount Royal.

Work Experience

The work experience courses are designed to provide an extension of the learning process in a relevant work environment, giving students an opportunity to further develop their skills alongside funeral service professionals. The work experience courses are typically offered each semester and may often be completed at the same time as the academic courses.

Students are responsible to secure their own work experience placement. Given the fluctuating nature of the labour market, opportunities may vary and students should be prepared to relocate. Any student who exhibits professional misconduct before or during the work experience placement may be required to withdraw from the program.

Pre-practice Requirements

Pre-practice requirements are non-academic requirements that must be completed after a student is admitted to the program and within the first semester. Pre-practice requirements must remain current for the duration of the program, and all associated costs are the responsibility of the student. The program will provide students with more information on the requirements, including all applicable deadlines.  The pre-practice requirements included the following: 

Mask Fit Testing

All students participating in the embalming practicum must be fitted for N95 masks. Mask fit-testing is valid for two years unless there has been weight gain or loss greater than 4.5 kilograms, or following nasal fracture or facial scarring, in which case, refitting is required sooner. Evidence of mask fit testing is to be provided to the program team,  and students must have their mask size with them for practice experiences. 

Personal Protective Equipment

Students participating in the embalming practicum are required to purchase personal protective equipment, at their own expense. Personal protective equipment will be available for purchase at the Cougars Campus Store.

Immunization

Proof of up-to-date immunization status is required for the duration of the program and is the responsibility of the student. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student. Failure to maintain a current immunization status may result in immediate withdrawal from professional practice courses or the program. 

Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR Level C

Students will be required to provide proof of current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR Level C. Evidence of certification is to be provided after admission to the program and by the advertised deadline.  Certification must be valid for the duration of the program. Failure to maintain current Standard First Aid with CPR C certification will result in immediate withdrawal from professional practice courses or the program. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

WHMIS

Students must present evidence of valid WHMIS certification. The certification must be valid for the duration of the program. 

Additional Pre-Practice Requirements 

Additional pre-practice requirements may be required of work experience locations. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student. Documentation of these additional pre-practice requirements may be requested by, and provided to, the work experience location by the student. 

Police Information Check

Students preparing for work experience may be required to provide a current Police Information Check to their work experience location, at their own expense. It is each location’s decision to accept or decline a student for work experience placement based upon the results of police information or other background checks. Please refer to the statement regarding police information and other background checks in this calendar.

Non-Graduated Class 5 Driver’s License

Students preparing for work experience may be required to provide a non-graduated Class 5 driver’s license to their work experience location, at their own expense. It is each location’s decision to accept or decline a student for work experience placement if they do not have a non-graduated Class 5 driver’s license. This may also impact the student’s ability to complete the program requirements for graduation or to gain employment in the funeral profession.

General Admission Requirements

Applicants are not required to meet the General Admission Requirements for Mount Royal University programs. Applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (if your primary or first language is not English). In addition, applicants must present evidence of funeral-related experience. Official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended are required.

Curriculum


The diploma is specialized in nature and requires students to complete 20 core courses (1847 hours).

Note: Occupational Programs are non-credit Continuing Education programs that do not meet General Admission Requirements. Therefore, the courses taken within these programs cannot be used towards an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate program nor do students have access to undergraduate courses in degree, diploma or certificate programs. There is no limit to the number of non-credit academic upgrading courses you may complete.  

Graduation Requirements


To be eligible for graduation, students must satisfy all program requirements.

Students must follow the graduation application procedure outlined in the current Mount Royal Academic Calendar. Applications must be submitted by the date published in the calendar.

For the purpose of progression and graduation, all students in the Funeral Service diploma must obtain a minimum grade of C in all courses with the following exceptions:

Professional Licensing


Graduates of the Funeral Service programs may become licensed as a Funeral Director and/or Embalmer in the province of Alberta. Licensing requirements are governed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. Please refer to the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board for all requirements - afsrb.ab.ca.

Students or graduates residing outside of Alberta should contact the provincial or national regulatory body governing funeral service in their province.

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