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Access course descriptions for the A.A.S. program. Simply click on a semester for a list of courses. 

 

Last Updated: July 19th, 2022

A.A.S. Featured Courses

CCMS offers a number of unique educational opportunities. Below are just a few classes that are designed to give A.A.S. graduates an edge over the competition.

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All students receive specialized training from national *experts as part of the curriculum. 

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Access course descriptions for the B.M.S. program. Simply click on a semester for a list of courses. 

 

Last Updated: July 19th,2022

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Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S.)

B.M.S. Featured Courses

CCMS offers a number of unique educational opportunities. Below are just a few classes that are designed to give B.M.S. graduates an edge over the competition.

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Learn about each of our mortuary classes below. Simply click on the mortuary science course listed to get more information.

CCMS offers a number of unique educational opportunities. Below are just a few classes that are designed to give CCMS graduates an edge over the competition.

Official class schedules are distributed at new student orientation. Students attend class Monday-Friday, year-round.

  • Students who begin in the Spring (January) have classes in the afternoon, with one day of morning lab per week.
  • Students who begin in the Fall (August) have classes in the morning, with one day of afternoon lab per week.

See the SAMPLE schedules below.

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Crematory Operations

Graduates emerge certified in cremation operations, along with extensive knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help them best serve families and reduce the risk of litigation for a firm.

Why is certification imperative? Cremation is the fastest growing market in funeral service, with rates approaching nearly 50%. Nearly two dozen states already require crematory operators hold certification. Service professionals must be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to guide a family through the array of service and tribute options available today.

Certification is part of the following degree programs: A.A.S. and B.M.S. 

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The College Catalog is organized to provide information on the following:

  • admission process
  • tuition and financial aid
  • degree programs
  • our history
  • the CCMS advantage 

College Catalog 2021-2022

Last revised: March 2022

 

The Student Handbook is designed to familiarize students with the following:

  • CCMS standards of conduct
  • academic requirements
  • practices, policies, and procedures

Students are expected to adhere to the standards set forth in the Handbook. Failure to adhere to  standards may result in disciplinary action up to suspension.

The content of the Student Handbook is subject to continuous review by CCMS, its authorized agents, and the Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education. These policies and regulations may be changed without notice. Comments may be directed to the President & CEO, Dean, or Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

This Handbook became effective in June 1982 and has undergone regular revision. The handbook does not constitute a contract between CCMS and the student, but rather, a guideline.

Student Handbook 2020-2021 

Last Updated: March 2022

 

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CCMS offers a certificate program option for individuals who seek formal education as a funeral director (only) or other death care related professions without any need for college prerequisites.

The Funeral Director Certificate program is an online program that awards hours and brings formal education to qualified individuals pursuing a career as a licensed funeral director (not embalmer), funeral assistant, pre-need counselors, insurance professionals, cemetery personnel, or anyone else in the death care profession who want to receive comprehensive knowledge in funeral service arts to better serve the public.

This program prepares a student with the necessary knowledge to pass the National Board Examination arts section.

Certificate program at-a-glance:

  • Hours Earned: 30 certificate hours (no academic credits are earned)
  • Delivery: Online, distance-learning, Monday-Friday
  • Length: 7 months, 2 semesters (each 14 weeks in length)
  • Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED

Certificate Program Courses:

  • HISTORY OF DEATH CARE AND FUNERAL RITUALS 3 hours
  • DESAIROLOGY, COLOR THEORY, AND COSMETOLOGY 1 hour
  • FUNERAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT 2 hours
  • FUNERAL SERVICE ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL PRINCIPLES 3 hours
  • POST-MORTEM SCIENCE  4 hours
  • FUNERAL SERVICE MEMORIALIZATION AND REMEMBRANCE (Merchandising) 2 hours
  • MORTUARY JURISPRUDENCE 3 hours
  • THANATOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN LOSS 3 hours
  • GOVERNMENT IN FUNERAL SERVICE 2 hours
  • CEMETERY AND CREMATION FUNDAMENTALS 2 hours
  • 21st CENTURY FUNERAL SERVICE – HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT 2 hour
  • COMMUNICATING THE VALUE, PURPOSE AND BENEFIT OF FUNERAL RITES, RITUALS AND CEREMONIES (BEFORE A DEATH HAS OCCURRED) 2 hours
  • FUNERAL SERVICE PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS 1 hour

Complete the 4-question Readiness Check before you apply with no obligation 

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The FDC program is a certificate only program and does not earn academic credit toward a degree. It is not accredited by The American Board of Funeral Service Education and does not qualify an individual to sit for any national or state board examination that requires completion of an ABFSE accredited program.

What is assessment?

Assessment involves measuring student learning and the overall effectiveness of an institution.  Specifically, objectives of the CAP include: to ensure that student learning outcomes are being met; to improve curriculum and instruction as needed; and to provide evidence of the institution’s success.  The College has identified and measures the following student learning outcomes and program goals:

  1. The student will demonstrate clinical competency.
  2. The student will exhibit professionalism.
  3. The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills based on professional standards.
  4. The student will communicate in an effective, professional manner.
  5. The program will effectively prepare the graduate for a career as an entry-level funeral professional.
Percentage Grade Quality Points
100-93 A 4
92-85 B 3
84-76 C 2
75-70 D 1
69 & below F 0

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Refer to the Textbook Chart below for a comprehensive listing of all books and supplies students will need during their time at CCMS.  Incoming students will be provided with a print copy at Orientation. Please note that the chart is subject to change at CCMS' discretion.

 

What degree programs do you offer?

We offer two programs – the Associate of Applied Science and the Bachelor of Mortuary Science.

  1. Cumulative CCMS GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  2. Completion of the clinical case requirements. (Must be completed before final exam week of third semester).
  3. Completion of the funeral directing requirements. (Completed according to deadlines communicated by faculty throughout the program. All must be met before final exam week of third semester.)
  4. Be in good financial standing with CCMS.
  5. Successful completion of CCMS curriculum for the particular degree earned (grade for each course must be a “D or better”).
  6. Each student must take the CCMS Comprehensive Exams (Comps) to earn an Associate degree. If a student fails the CCMS Comprehensive Exams, they are allowed to retake the exams once.
  7. After the student has completed the items outlined in points 1-6 above, the student will be eligible to receive the Associate Degree, and can then be released to take the National Board Exam.
  8. Each student intending to continue on to the BMS program must complete/earn the AAS degree.
  9. Students must complete an exit interview with the President to earn the AAS and/or BMS degree.
  10. Students must complete their degree within 24 months of enrolling or reapply for admission.

The Student Resources section of our website is your hub for nearly everything you'll need during your time as a student at CCMS. 

 

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Last Updated: 7/19/22

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About the A.A.S. program

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is a regionally and professionally accredited three semester program consisting of forty-seven credit hours. Students complete the A.A.S. program in twelve-months, attending seated campus-based courses and clinical labs year round.

Applicants for the A.A.S. program will have completed a minimum of thirty qualified* non-resident transfer credits, including five mandatory prescribed general prerequisite courses, in accordance with the college’s admission requirements. 

CCMS credits are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and transferrable to any other university or college in the nation. Program credits are also professionally accredited by the  American Board of Funeral Service Education to satisfy the twelve month mortuary science education requirements for each of the fifty-state regulatory licensing agencies to prepare graduates for success on the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board’s National Board Examination (NBE) Arts and Sciences sections. The A.A.S. mortuary science curriculum is the minimum education standard for dual licensure in all states. 

Prerequisite requirements, course list and descriptions, textbook list, tuition schedule, and Transfer Credit Worksheet may be accessed at www.ccms.edu Academics page


* Qualified transfer credits must be:

 Be regionally accredited by another college or university, or

  1. Be accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education accredited colleges, or
  2. Be accredited coursework by the American Council on Education (ACE), and 
  3. Reflect a grade of “C” or better in all required transfer courses, and 
  4. Reflect a cumulative 2.5 GPA for overall transfer courses

Crematory Operations

B.M.S. graduates emerge certified in cremation operations, along with extensive knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help them best serve families and reduce the risk of litigation for a firm.

Why is certification imperative? Cremation is the fastest growing market in funeral service, with rates approaching nearly 50%. Nearly two dozen states already require crematory operators hold certification. Service professionals must be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to guide a family through the array of service and tribute options available today.

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About the B.M.S. program

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS) Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S.) degree program is a regionally and professionally accredited four semester program consisting of sixty-two credit hours. Students complete the B.M.S. program in approximately sixteen-months, attending seated campus-based courses and clinical labs year round.

Applicants for the B.M.S. program will have completed a minimum of sixty qualified* non-resident transfer credits, including five mandatory prescribed general prerequisite courses, in accordance with the college’s admission requirements. 

CCMS credits are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and transferrable to any other university or college in the nation. Program credits are also professionally accredited by the  American Board of Funeral Service Education to satisfy the twelve month mortuary science education requirements for each of the fifty-state regulatory licensing agencies to prepare graduates for success on the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board’s National Board Examination (NBE) Arts and Sciences sections. B.M.S. mortuary science curriculum meets the education standard for dual licensure in all states. 

Prerequisite requirements, course list and descriptions, textbook list, tuition schedule, and Transfer Credit Worksheet may be accessed at www.ccms.edu Academics page


* Qualified transfer credits must be:

 Be regionally accredited by another college or university, or

  1. Be accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education accredited colleges, or
  2. Be accredited coursework by the American Council on Education (ACE), and 
  3. Reflect a grade of “C” or better in all required transfer courses, and 
  4. Reflect a cumulative 2.5 GPA for overall transfer courses
Percentage Grade Quality Points
100-93 A 4
92-85 B 3
84-76 C 2
75-70 D 1
69 & below F 0

Semester I

SOC311 – SOCIAL ASPECTS OF DEATH AND DYING (2 credit hours)

Death in America is studied as it affects both the individual and society. Sociological phenomena related to American attitudes toward death, children and death, terminal illness and hospice care, and suicide are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on their relevance to funeral service practice.

MGT315 – BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS (3 credit hours)

The basic principles of Business Law and ethics are examined in relation to the funeral service profession and how agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission regulate practices, professional contracts, negotiable instruments, sales, and warranties.

MGT314 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT I (3 credit hours)

Accounting and financial practices for small business owners and operations including the accounting cycle, development and understanding of financial statements, bookkeeping and banking, payroll, and asset depreciation for funeral service and industry professionals.

SCI318 – EMBALMING MICROBIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY (3 credit hours)

Microbial and pathological conditions are examined and how they relate to death, with a concentration in physical and chemical changes, disease transmission and control, sterilization and disinfection, and the effects of disease states relative to the embalming process.

SCI316 – EMBALMING THEORY I (ET I) (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the clinical laboratory setting and policies, ET I focuses on topographical and cardiovascular anatomy, as well as basic medical terminology. Pre, during, and post embalming considerations are explored along with an introduction to case analysis. Embalming Theory I is a prerequisite for ET II and CMP II, III.

Clinical Mortuary Practice

Semesters I, II, III

CCMS’ on-site Clinical Lab gives our students an advantage over the competition. Students have lab once/week in Semesters I-III, where they learn the hands-on application of theories covered in Embalming Theory I-III. Our partnership with the U.C. Anatomical Department means we have a constant supply of donors for our students. In addition, students participate in removals throughout Cincinnati.

Crematory Operations

A.A.S. graduates emerge certified in cremation operations, along with extensive knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help them best serve families and reduce the risk of litigation for a firm.

Why is certification imperative? Cremation is the fastest growing market in funeral service, with rates approaching nearly 50%. Nearly two dozen states already require crematory operators hold certification. Service professionals must be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to guide a family through the array of service and tribute options available today.

Official Schedules

Official class schedules are distributed at new student orientation. Students attend class Monday-Friday, year-round. 

See schedules of current students (semesters I, II, or III). 

Semester I

SOC311 – SOCIAL ASPECTS OF DEATH AND DYING (2 credit hours)

Death in America is studied as it affects both the individual and society. Sociological phenomena related to American attitudes toward death, children and death, terminal illness and hospice care, and suicide are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on their relevance to funeral service practice.

MGT315 – BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS (3 credit hours)

The basic principles of Business Law and ethics are examined in relation to the funeral service profession and how agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission regulate practices, professional contracts, negotiable instruments, sales, and warranties.

MGT314 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT I (3 credit hours)

Accounting and financial practices for small business owners and operations including the accounting cycle, development and understanding of financial statements, bookkeeping and banking, payroll, and asset depreciation for funeral service and industry professionals.

SCI318 – EMBALMING MICROBIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY (3 credit hours)

Microbial and pathological conditions are examined and how they relate to death, with a concentration in physical and chemical changes, disease transmission and control, sterilization and disinfection, and the effects of disease states relative to the embalming process.

SCI316 – EMBALMING THEORY I (ET I) (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the clinical laboratory setting and policies, ET I focuses on topographical and cardiovascular anatomy, as well as basic medical terminology. Pre, during, and post embalming considerations are explored along with an introduction to case analysis. Embalming Theory I is a prerequisite for ET II and CMP II, III.

What textbooks will I need? 

Refer to the Textbook Chart below for a comprehensive listing of all books and supplies B.M.S. students will need during their time at CCMS.  Incoming students will be provided with a print copy at Orientation. Please note that the chart is subject to change at CCMS' discretion.

BMS Textbook Listing 2022

Revised August 2022

Clinical Mortuary Practice

Semesters I, II, III

CCMS’ on-site Clinical Lab gives our students an advantage over the competition. Students have lab once/week in Semesters I-III, where they learn the hands-on application of theories covered in Embalming Theory I-III. Our partnership with the U.C. Anatomical Department means we have a constant supply of donors for our students. In addition, students participate in removals throughout Cincinnati.

Percentage Grade Quality Points
100-93 A 4
92-85 B 3
84-76 C 2
75-70 D 1
69 & below F 0

A.A.S. Textbooks

What is assessment?

Assessment involves measuring student learning and the overall effectiveness of an institution.  Specifically, objectives of the CAP include: to ensure that student learning outcomes are being met; to improve curriculum and instruction as needed; and to provide evidence of the institution’s success.  The College has identified and measures the following student learning outcomes and program goals:

  1. The student will demonstrate clinical competency.
  2. The student will exhibit professionalism.
  3. The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills based on professional standards.
  4. The student will communicate in an effective, professional manner.
  5. The program will effectively prepare the graduate for a career as an entry-level funeral professional.

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (“CCMS”) Associate of Applied Science (“A.A.S.”) degree program is a regionally and professionally accredited three semester program consisting of forty-seven credit hours, including a minimum of thirty qualified* non-resident transfer credits, and including five mandatory prescribed general prerequisite courses, in accordance with the college’s admission requirements. 

Completion of the Associate of Applied Science academic degree program requires, but may not be limited to:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all course and program requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of Clinical Requirements1 within the prescribed timeframe.
  3. Satisfactory completion of Funeral Director Requirements2 within the prescribed timeframe.
  4. A cumulative resident GPA of 2.00 or higher and grade of “D” or better in each course.
  5. Financial good standing with CCMS.
  6. Satisfactory completion of the CCMS Comprehensive Examination (“Comps”) as prescribed.
  7. Completion of a scheduled final exit interview with the college President or other leadership member.

The Associate of Applied Science degree program requirements must be satisfactorily completed within 24 months of program enrollment or re-admission.

Upon satisfactory completion of three semesters, and upon approval of the CCMS Academic Chair, a student is officially released to sit for the Arts and Sciences sections of the National Board Examination (“NBE”) through the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board.  Successful completion of both sections of the NBE is a requirement for professional licensure in most states. 

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (“CCMS”) Bachelor of Mortuary Science (“BMS”) academic degree program is a regionally and professionally accredited four semester program consisting of sixty-two resident credit hours, including a minimum of sixty qualified* non-resident transfer credits, and including five mandatory prescribed general prerequisite courses, in accordance with the college’s admission requirements. 

Completion of the Bachelor of Mortuary Science academic degree program requires, but may not be limited to:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all course and program requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of Clinical Requirements1 within the prescribed timeframe.
  3. Satisfactory completion of Funeral Director Requirements2 within the prescribed timeframe.
  4. A cumulative resident GPA of 2.00 or higher and grade of “D” or better in each course.
  5. Financial good standing with CCMS.
  6. Satisfactory completion of the CCMS Comprehensive Examination (“Comps”) as prescribed.
  7. Completion of a scheduled final exit interview with the college President or other leadership member.

The Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree program requirements must be satisfactorily completed within 24 months of program enrollment or re-admission.

Upon satisfactory completion of the third semester, and upon approval of the CCMS Academic Chair, a student is officially released to sit for the Arts and Sciences sections of the National Board Examination (“NBE”) through the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board. Successful completion of both sections of the NBE is a requirement for professional licensure in most states. 

Funeral Director Certificate (FDC) is a fully online certificate program that brings formal education to qualified individuals pursuing a career as a licensed funeral director, funeral assistant, pre-need counselors, insurance professionals, cemetery personnel, or anyone in the death care profession who want to receive a comprehensive knowledge of funeral service arts (no embalming).

 

Enrollment in the FDC program does not require any academic prerequisites other than a high school diploma or GED.

 

This program prepares a student with the necessary knowledge to pass the National Board Examination arts section.

 

Hours Earned: 30 certificate hours (no academic credits are earned)

Delivery: Online, distance-learning, Monday-Friday

Length: 7 months, 2 semesters (each 14 weeks in length)

Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED

Program Courses (30 hours / 7 months):

  • HISTORY OF DEATH CARE AND FUNERAL RITUALS 3 hours
  • DESAIROLOGY, COLOR THEORY, AND COSMETOLOGY 1 hour
  • FUNERAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT 2 hours
  • FUNERAL SERVICE ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL PRINCIPLES 3 hours
  • POST-MORTEM SCIENCE  4 hours
  • FUNERAL SERVICE MEMORIALZATION AND REMEMBRANCE PRODUCTS (Merchandising) 2 hours
  • MORTUARY JURISPRUDENCE 3 hours
  • THANATOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN LOSS 3 hours
  • GOVERNMENT IN FUNERAL SERVICE 2 hours
  • CEMETERY AND CREMATION FUNDAMENTALS 2 hours
  • 21 ST CENTURY FUNERAL SERVICE – HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT 2 hour
  • COMMUNICATING THE VALUE, PURPOSE AND BENEFIT OF FUNERAL RITES, RITUALS AND CEREMONIES (BEFORE A DEATH HAS OCCURRED) 2 hours
  • FUNERAL SERVICE PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS 1 hour

Complete a readiness check today before you apply! No obligation.

 

The FDC program is a certificate only program and does not earn academic credit toward a degree. It is not accredited by The American Board of Funeral Service Education and does not qualify an individual to sit for any national or state board examination that requires completion of an ABFSE accredited program.

 

 

 

Semester I

Clinical Mortuary Practice

Semesters I, II, III

CCMS’ on-site Clinical Lab gives our students an advantage over the competition. Students have lab once/week in Semesters I-III, where they learn the hands-on application of theories covered in Embalming Theory I-III. Our partnership with the U.C. Anatomical Department means we have a constant supply of donors for our students. In addition, students participate in removals throughout Cincinnati.

Sample class schedule

Spring enrollment  

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00am   Lab      
9:00am   Lab      
10:00am   Lab      
11:00am          
Noon Class Class Class Class Class
1:00pm Class Class Class Class Class
2:00pm Class Class Class Class Class
3:00pm Class Class Class Class Class

Funeral Celebrant

B.M.S. students earn the distinction as InSight Certified Funeral Celebrants after receiving intense training and certification from our faculty licensed InSight trainers. CCMS is the first, and currently only mortuary science school, to offer this training and certification as part of the bachelor curriculum.

Why is certification an advantage? Celebrants are becoming increasingly popular in today’s diverse communities, including those families who opt for a secular tribute without a clergy officiant.  Graduates emerge prepared to offer funeral and memorial services, or tributes that are personalized and individualized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased. Celebrants coordinate directly with families and through funeral homes to provide these services.

Certification is part of the following degree programs: B.M.S. 

How is assessment conducted?

Individual course assessment is conducted by instructors each term.  This includes (but is not limited to) exams, quizzes, assignments, papers and projects.  Course evaluations administered at the conclusion of each term allow students to rate how well the learning objectives (stated on the course syllabus) were met and to provide more general feedback about classroom instruction.

Assessment in the clinical program is conducted by the clinical Faculty each term.  This includes case report forms, reflection papers and evaluation rubrics.  Embalming certification, in part to meet minimum requirements of the American Board of Funeral Service Education, allows for year-end assessment of clinical skill development.

A Comprehensive Review Exam is administered by the College at the end of the final AAS term.  This exam assesses student learning for the entire mortuary program and helps to ensure readiness for taking the NBE.

The National Board Examination (NBE) pass rates provide useful data about student learning and program success, and frequently inform decisions about curriculum and instructional strategies.

CCMS Capstone Experiences allow for qualitative assessment of student learning.  Mortuary Science Capstone, offered in the final AAS term, enables instructors to assess skills in the areas of embalming, funeral directing, counseling and management which cannot be measured effectively through traditional course exams.  For BMS students, Funeral Service Co-op is an opportunity to begin putting knowledge and skills together by participating in all areas of work in a funeral home environment. Preceptors assess how well students meet the learning outcomes in an actual funeral home setting.

For questions or comments about CCMS assessment activities, please contact the CCMS CAP Chairperson at cap@ccms.edu, 513-618-1928.

Academic Good Standing & Progress

In accordance with the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook, a student in good academic standing must make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her degree requirements. Satisfactory progress is defined as passing all courses and earning a minimum 2.00 GPA each term at CCMS. Failure to do so, in any term, will result in academic action. Academic Policies and Procedures

Students receiving financial aid are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward achieving a degree.

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Faculty, Staff, and Adjunct emails may be located on the CCMS website here.

Research

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Where to get books

CCMS does not have an on-campus bookstore, so students have a number of options for purchasing or renting their textbooks:

  • Buy or rent from online bookstore eCampus
  • Buy or rent from any other online or physical store
  • CCMS library has textbooks for check out and reference
  • CCMS has small buy/sell program - see administration for details

There are several items that students WILL purchase at CCMS for the most discounted price:

  • Mortuary Law, 11th ($40) – Semesters I, II
  • Funeral Service Merchandising: an Intro Text for Students ($40) – Semester III

How do I find out what my state licensing requirements are?

The National Funeral Directors Association compiles licensing requirements for all 50 states.

CCMS offers two degree programs: the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and the Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S.).

Below you will find our curriculum as well as a comparison of the degree programs based on length of program, transfer credits, and credits earned at CCMS. Learn more about our prerequisites or see course descriptions.

Celebrant training

Our degree and certificate programs prepare students for a career in the death care profession and give them an advantage. We are proud of our high graduation rate and employment rate, and that our alumni have achieved success in a variety of different roles within the funeral service profession, across the country.

The depth and breadth of a CCMS education is just one reason funeral professionals regularly seek to hire our graduates.

Disability & Accommodation 

Semester I

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC311 Social Aspects of Death and Dying   2
MGT315 Business Law and Ethics   3
MGT314 Funeral Service Management I   3
SCI318 Embalming Microbiology & Pathology   3
SCI316 Embalming Theory I   3
SCI317 Clinical Mortuary Practice I   1
       
  Total Semester I Credits   15

Semester I

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC311 Social Aspects of Death and Dying   2
MGT315 Business Law and Ethics   3
MGT314 Funeral Service Management I   3
SCI318 Embalming Microbiology & Pathology   3
SCI316 Embalming Theory I   3
SCI317 Clinical Mortuary Practice I   1
       
  Total Semester I Credits   15

Academic Good Standing & Progress

In accordance with the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook, a student in good academic standing must make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her degree requirements. Satisfactory progress is defined as passing all courses and earning a minimum 2.00 GPA each term at CCMS. Failure to do so, in any term, will result in academic action. Academic Policies and Procedures

Students receiving financial aid are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward achieving a degree.

Semester II

SOC322 – PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN FUNERAL SERVICE (2 credit hours)

Business and interpersonal relationships in the funeral service profession are explored. Skills are developed which facilitate relating well with employers and colleagues, bereaved families, and the community at large. Students have the opportunity to develop a resume, to make an oral presentation applicable to funeral service, and to practice empathic care giving and funeral arranging skills.

SCI328 – RESTORATIVE ART I (RA I) (3 credit hours)

Emphasis is placed on the natural form and appearance of the cranium and face. Studies include bones and muscles of the head, shapes, proportions, profiles and features. RA lab is a component allowing the students to gain practical experience in modeling and reconstructing features. Wax mediums, cosmetics and color theory are also explored. Restorative Art I is a prerequisite to Restorative Art II.

SCI328L – RESTORATIVE ART I LAB (Credits included in RA I)

Practical application of the Restorative Art (SCI328) curriculum with a focus on modeling and restoration of the human form using armatures and wax. Credit hours are included in SCI328.

MGT324 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT II (3 credit hours)

Examines current mortuary law theory, state and federal regulations pertaining to funeral homes as a business and directors as licensed professionals. Explores legal rights, duties, liabilities and the various parties involved when arranging for disposition and the order of the death registration process in the United States. Designed to introduce funeral prearrangements and methods of securing market share through permissible, lawful marketing tactics and funding options.

SOC321 – HISTORICAL TO CONTEMPORARY FUNERAL PRACTICES (3 credit hours)

The Funeral Directing Curriculum focuses on the basic duties, responsibilities, and expectations of those practicing funeral service, with a historical to contemporary perspective. Explores the influences of religion and burial practices in ancient cultures and the evolution of those customs and beliefs into modern day practice. Examining birth cohorts and various religious rites assists funeral service professionals in conducting the arrangement conference, facilitating various types of funerals, from Celebrant services to supplemental services, including fraternal and military honors.

MGT323 – CEMETERY AND CREMATION FUNDAMENTALS (2 credit hours)

A study of the roles cemeteries and crematories take in today’s deathcare practices. Historical perspectives of cemeteries and crematories are presented to understand their influential pasts and to protect their futures. In-depth examinations of appropriate form, documentation, statutory, and regulatory requirements are explored to promote responsible professionalism within future deathcare providers. The science and statistics of interment and cremation are provided to encourage an understanding of how funeral professionals can adapt to an ever-changing landscape of final disposition options..

SCI326 – EMBALMING THEORY II (3 credit hours)

ET II focuses on the application of embalming techniques and fluids. The course explores treating the difficult case including delayed embalming, embalming the infant or child, autopsies, organ and tissue donors, trauma due to accident or illness, decomposition, and burns. Vascular difficulties and moisture considerations are also reviewed. Embalming Theory II is a prerequisite for Embalming Theory III.

SCI327 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE II (CMP II) (1 credit hour)

CMP II brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices. Clinical Mortuary Practice I is a prerequisite for CMP II.

Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals

Semester II

CCMS is one of the only mortuary science schools that offers a course in cremation. Students study the role cemeteries and crematories play within the death care industry, considering historical and current perspectives. The science and statistics behind interment and cremation are presented to provide a greater understanding as to how the funeral industry may better adapt to a rapidly changing landscape.

Funeral Celebrant

B.M.S. students earn the distinction as InSight Certified Funeral Celebrants after receiving intense training and certification from our faculty licensed InSight trainers. CCMS is the first, and currently only mortuary science school, to offer this training and certification as part of the bachelor curriculum.

Why is certification an advantage? Celebrants are becoming increasingly popular in today’s diverse communities, including those families who opt for a secular tribute without a clergy officiant.  Graduates emerge prepared to offer funeral and memorial services, or tributes that are personalized and individualized to reflect the personality and life-style of the deceased. Celebrants coordinate directly with families and through funeral homes to provide these services.

Where can I access textbooks?

CCMS does not have an on-campus bookstore, so students have a number of options for purchasing or renting their textbooks:

  • Buy or rent from online bookstore eCampus
  • Buy or rent from any other online or physical store
  • CCMS library has textbooks for check out and reference
  • CCMS has small buy/sell program - see administration for details

There are several items that students WILL purchase at CCMS for the most discounted price:

  • Mortuary Law, 11th ($40) – Semesters I, II
  • Funeral Service Merchandising: an Intro Text for Students ($40) – Semester III

Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals

Semester II

CCMS is one of the only mortuary science schools that offers a course in cremation. Students study the role cemeteries and crematories play within the death care industry, considering historical and current perspectives. The science and statistics behind interment and cremation are presented to provide a greater understanding as to how the funeral industry may better adapt to a rapidly changing landscape.

class in session

Official Schedules

Official class schedules are distributed at new student orientation. Students attend class Monday-Friday, year-round. 

See schedules of current students (semesters I, II, or III). 

Academic Good Standing & Progress

In accordance with the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook, a student in good academic standing must make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her degree requirements. Satisfactory progress is defined as passing all courses and earning a minimum 2.00 GPA each term at CCMS. Failure to do so, in any term, will result in academic action. Academic Policies and Procedures

Students receiving financial aid are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward achieving a degree.

How is assessment conducted?

Individual course assessment is conducted by instructors each term.  This includes (but is not limited to) exams, quizzes, assignments, papers and projects.  Course evaluations administered at the conclusion of each term allow students to rate how well the learning objectives (stated on the course syllabus) were met and to provide more general feedback about classroom instruction.

Assessment in the clinical program is conducted by the clinical Faculty each term.  This includes case report forms, reflection papers and evaluation rubrics.  Embalming certification, in part to meet minimum requirements of the American Board of Funeral Service Education, allows for year-end assessment of clinical skill development.

A Comprehensive Review Exam is administered by the College at the end of the final AAS term.  This exam assesses student learning for the entire mortuary program and helps to ensure readiness for taking the NBE.

The National Board Examination (NBE) pass rates provide useful data about student learning and program success, and frequently inform decisions about curriculum and instructional strategies.

CCMS Capstone Experiences allow for qualitative assessment of student learning.  Mortuary Science Capstone, offered in the final AAS term, enables instructors to assess skills in the areas of embalming, funeral directing, counseling and management which cannot be measured effectively through traditional course exams.  For BMS students, Funeral Service Co-op is an opportunity to begin putting knowledge and skills together by participating in all areas of work in a funeral home environment. Preceptors assess how well students meet the learning outcomes in an actual funeral home setting.

For questions or comments about CCMS assessment activities, please contact the CCMS CAP Chairperson at cap@ccms.edu, 513-618-1928.

Funeral Directing Requirements

Funeral Directing requirements are incorporated into the Capstone and Business Law curriculum. Active participation and hands-on learning in Funeral Directing includes, but may not be limited to, the specific tasks prescribed below as mandated by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Required tasks must be completed prior to the conclusion of the third semester as prescribed.

Students must utilize the following forms:

  • First Call Sheet
  • Arrangement Worksheet
  • FTC-compliant General Price List
  • FTC-compliant Casket Price List
  • FTC-compliant Outer Burial Container Price List
  • Embalming Authorization Form
  • Cremation Authorization Form
  • First call

Students must demonstrate the process of receiving five (5) first death notification calls. This may be completed in a simulation setting.

Transfer of remains

Students must demonstrate the process of performing the transfer of deceased human remains. This may be completed in a simulation setting.

Arrangement Conference

Students must participate (observe or assist) in five Arrangement Conferences. If done in a simulation setting, no more than five students may receive credit at one time (during one simulation). 

As part of the Arrangement Conference requirement, students must prepare the following at least one time:

  • Death Certificate
  • Burial Transit Permit
  • Social Security Form (Statement of Death by Funeral Director)
  • Death Notice
  • Obituary
  • FTC-compliant Statement of Funeral Good and Services 
  • Applications and forms for Veterans Flag, Burial Benefits, and Headstone/Marker

Funeral Observation

Students must observe five funeral related services. CCMS requires that one service be Roman Catholic. Three of the five must include:  Liturgical, Non-liturgical, Secular, Chapel, Graveside, Military, Fraternal, Memorial without the deceased present, or other (describe).  

To receive credit, the student is required to provide documentation of the service (via service folder, obituary, prayer card, or other artifact), his/her level of participation in the activity, and designate the participants involved (clergy, celebrant, FD, family, or others). This may not be completed in a simulation setting.

Compare our Programs

 

  Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S)
Transfer credits minimum 30 minimum 60
Semesters in program I-III I-IV
Length of program 12 months approx. (year round) 16 months approx. (year round)
Credits earned at CCMS 47 62
Total credits (transfer + CCMS) 77 122

Learn about the Bachelor of Mortuary Science program. 

Compare our Programs

 

  Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S)
Transfer credits minimum 30 minimum 60
Semesters in program I-III I-IV
Length of program 12 months approx. (year round) 16 months approx. (year round)
Credits earned at CCMS 47 62
Total credits (transfer + CCMS) 77 122

Learn about the Associate of Applied Science program.

students around table in ccms library

The CCMS Library is a specialized research and circulation library that supports the academic needs of students and faculty. Library services include an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), computers and printers, course textbooks, reference/instruction, a physical collection, and electronic resources. One section of the library is designated as a “quiet room” for individual study. Learn about the library's mission.

Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S.)

The Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree program consists of 4 semesters and takes approximately 15-16 months to complete. It is a full-time, on-campus program. (CCMS does not offer part-time or online classes at this time.) Students in this program also graduate certified in the following: Crematory Operations, Funeral Celebrant, and Mass Fatality Response.

  • 4 semesters
  • 15-16 months to complete
  • Enter CCMS with at least 60 credits
  • Full-time, on-campus

Learn about BMS prerequisites | Check state requirements | See BMS curriculum

SOC311 – SOCIAL ASPECTS OF DEATH AND DYING (2 credit hours)

Death in America is studied as it affects both the individual and society. Sociological phenomena related to American attitudes toward death, children and death, terminal illness and hospice care, and suicide are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on their relevance to funeral service practice.

Sample class schedule

Fall enrollment

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00am Class Class Class Class Class
9:00am Class Class Class Class Class
10:00am Class Class Class Class Class
11:00am Class Class Class Class Class
Noon          
1:00pm       Lab  
2:00pm       Lab  
3:00pm       Lab

Academic Honors: Semester

Dean’s List: minimum 3.50 G.P.A.

Find an item in our library

>>Search the Catalog

How to use the catalog

Using Library in Populi

Circulation Policy


Research 

Research process

Evaluate sources

Cite sources

Databases & websites


Online periodicals

Compass, The

Funeral Home & Cemetery News (set up free account)

Funeral Service Advisor

Independent, The

Southern Funeral Director Magazine

WVFDA Newsletter (West Virginia Funeral Directors Association)


Access the Ohio Web Library (OWL)

The Ohio Web Library may be accessed by all Ohio residents as well as by anyone using a computer or mobile device in Ohio. See Access the Ohio Web Library below for more information. 

Choose general or specific 

Let OWL know you are in Ohio

  • OWL resources are provided free of charge to all Ohio residents or anyone using a device within the State of Ohio.
  • OWL will try to verify that you are in Ohio; if that can be confirmed, you will be granted access.
  • When you see a screen asking for your library card number, do not panic! You should see a pop-up message informing you that "OPLIN wants to know your location." Click the YES button.
  • If you do not see this message, you may need to go into your browser's settings and allow pop-ups. 

 

 

 

 

What courses do you offer? Do students take electives?

We do not offer electives; all students take the same courses, as a cohort. Learn about our AAS curriculum and BMS curriculum

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Academic Honors: Semester

Dean’s List: minimum 3.50 G.P.A.

What textbooks will I need? 

Refer to the Textbook Chart below for a comprehensive listing of all books and supplies A.A.S. students will need during their time at CCMS.  Incoming students will be provided with a print copy at Orientation. Please note that the chart is subject to change at CCMS' discretion.

AAS Textbook Listing 2022

Revised August 2022

Mortuary Science Capstone

Semester III

The capstone course provides students with hands-on experience in serving a mock bereaved family from the first call through final disposition.  Included are embalming and cosmetics, dressing and casketing, arranging, funeral directing, and preparing the required forms and paperwork.  In addition, there is extensive review of prior course material in preparation for the National Board Examination.

Sample Schedule: Spring Enrollment (January)

Semester II

SOC322 – PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN FUNERAL SERVICE (2 credit hours)

Business and interpersonal relationships in the funeral service profession are explored. Skills are developed which facilitate relating well with employers and colleagues, bereaved families, and the community at large. Students have the opportunity to develop a resume, to make an oral presentation applicable to funeral service, and to practice empathic care giving and funeral arranging skills.

SCI328 – RESTORATIVE ART I (RA I) (3 credit hours)

Emphasis is placed on the natural form and appearance of the cranium and face. Studies include bones and muscles of the head, shapes, proportions, profiles and features. RA lab is a component allowing the students to gain practical experience in modeling and reconstructing features. Wax mediums, cosmetics and color theory are also explored. Restorative Art I is a prerequisite to Restorative Art II.

SCI328L – RESTORATIVE ART I LAB (Credits included in RA I)

Practical application of the Restorative Art (SCI328) curriculum with a focus on modeling and restoration of the human form using armatures and wax. Credit hours are included in SCI328.

MGT324 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT II (3 credit hours)

Examines current mortuary law theory, state and federal regulations pertaining to funeral homes as a business and directors as licensed professionals. Explores legal rights, duties, liabilities and the various parties involved when arranging for disposition and the order of the death registration process in the United States. Designed to introduce funeral prearrangements and methods of securing market share through permissible, lawful marketing tactics and funding options.

SOC321 – HISTORICAL TO CONTEMPORARY FUNERAL PRACTICES (3 credit hours)

The Funeral Directing Curriculum focuses on the basic duties, responsibilities, and expectations of those practicing funeral service, with a historical to contemporary perspective. Explores the influences of religion and burial practices in ancient cultures and the evolution of those customs and beliefs into modern day practice. Examining birth cohorts and various religious rites assists funeral service professionals in conducting the arrangement conference, facilitating various types of funerals, from Celebrant services to supplemental services, including fraternal and military honors.

MGT323 – CEMETERY AND CREMATION FUNDAMENTALS (2 credit hours)

A study of the roles cemeteries and crematories take in today’s deathcare practices. Historical perspectives of cemeteries and crematories are presented to understand their influential pasts and to protect their futures. In-depth examinations of appropriate form, documentation, statutory, and regulatory requirements are explored to promote responsible professionalism within future deathcare providers. The science and statistics of interment and cremation are provided to encourage an understanding of how funeral professionals can adapt to an ever-changing landscape of final disposition options

SCI326 – EMBALMING THEORY II (3 credit hours)

ET II focuses on the application of embalming techniques and fluids. The course explores treating the difficult case including delayed embalming, embalming the infant or child, autopsies, organ and tissue donors, trauma due to accident or illness, decomposition, and burns. Vascular difficulties and moisture considerations are also reviewed. Embalming Theory II is a prerequisite for Embalming Theory III.

SCI327 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE II (CMP II) (1 credit hour)

CMP II brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices. Clinical Mortuary Practice I is a prerequisite for CMP II.

Academic Honors: Semester

Dean’s List: minimum 3.50 G.P.A.

Mortuary Science Capstone

Semester III

The capstone course provides students with hands-on experience in serving a mock bereaved family from the first call through final disposition.  Included are embalming and cosmetics, dressing and casketing, arranging, funeral directing, and preparing the required forms and paperwork.  In addition, there is extensive review of prior course material in preparation for the National Board Examination.

Funeral Director Requirements

Funeral Directing requirements are incorporated into the Capstone and Business Law curriculum. Active participation and hands-on learning in Funeral Directing includes, but may not be limited to, the specific tasks prescribed below as mandated by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Required tasks must be completed prior to the conclusion of the third semester as prescribed.

Students must utilize the following forms:

  • First Call Sheet
  • Arrangement Worksheet
  • FTC-compliant General Price List
  • FTC-compliant Casket Price List
  • FTC-compliant Outer Burial Container Price List
  • Embalming Authorization Form
  • Cremation Authorization Form

First call

Students must demonstrate the process of receiving five (5) first death notification calls. This may be completed in a simulation setting.

Transfer of remains

Students must demonstrate the process of performing the transfer of deceased human remains. This may be completed in a simulation setting.

Arrangement Conference

Students must participate (observe or assist) in five Arrangement Conferences. If done in a simulation setting, no more than five students may receive credit at one time (during one simulation). As part of the Arrangement Conference requirement, students must prepare the following at least one time:

  • Death Certificate
  • Burial Transit Permit
  • Social Security Form (Statement of Death by Funeral Director)
  • Death Notice
  • Obituary
  • FTC-compliant Statement of Funeral Good and Services 
  • Applications and forms for Veterans Flag, Burial Benefits, and Headstone/Marker

Funeral Observation

Students must observe five funeral related services. CCMS requires that one service be Roman Catholic. Three of the five must include:  Liturgical, Non-liturgical, Secular, Chapel, Graveside, Military, Fraternal, Memorial without the deceased present, or other (describe).  

To receive credit, the student is required to provide documentation of the service (via service folder, obituary, prayer card, or other artifact), his/her level of participation in the activity, and identify the participants involved (clergy, celebrant, FD, family, or others). This may not be completed in a simulation setting.

Clinical Practice Requirements

Clinical requirements are incorporated into the Clinical Mortuary Practice (“CMP”) curriculum over the course of three semesters. Active participation through hands-on learning in Clinical practice over the course of three semesters includes, but may not be limited to, the specific tasks prescribed below as mandated by college policy. Required tasks must be completed prior to the conclusion of the third semester as prescribed.

  • Thirty (30) clinical case experiences 
  • Twenty (20) embalming operations
  • Five (5) transfers of deceased human remains
  • Five (5) cosmetic applications

Students who desire additional practical experience have ample opportunity to achieve such. See the Clinical Lab Director for available student lab assistant and nighttime intake opportunities, as well as volunteer weekend and holiday opportunities. 

Students are required to actively participate for the entirety of each semester of clinical practice even upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed minimum task requirements.

MGT315 – BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS (3 credit hours)

The basic principles of Business Law and ethics are examined in relation to the funeral service profession and how agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission regulate practices, professional contracts, negotiable instruments, sales, and warranties.

Academic Honors: A.A.S. & B.M.S. Degrees

G.P.A. Latin Honor Commencement Honor Cord
3.85-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
"with the highest distinction"
Gold
3.7-3.84 Magna Cum Laude
"with great distinction"
Silver
3.5-3.69 Cum Laude
"with distinction"
Bronze

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Where can I get a list of textbooks? Do you have a bookstore on campus?

At this time we do not have an on-campus bookstore. See the AAS textbook list and BMS textbook list. 

Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals

Semester II

CCMS is one of the only mortuary science schools that offers a course in cremation. Students study the role cemeteries and crematories play within the death care industry, considering historical and current perspectives. The science and statistics behind interment and cremation are presented to provide a greater understanding as to how the funeral industry may better adapt to a rapidly changing landscape.

Semester I

(Required for A.A.S. & B.M.S.)

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC300 Social Aspects of Death and Dying   2
MGT315 Business Law and Ethics   3
MGT314 Funeral Service Management I   3
SCI318 Embalming Microbiology & Pathology   3
SCI316 Embalming Theory I   3
SCI317 Clinical Mortuary Practice I   1
  Total Semester I Credits   15

Courses

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    • When course evaluations are available for any given term, you will receive an alert via Populi. Once they are available, you will see an Evaluations subtab under your My Profile tab (it will be next to your Student, Financial, etc. subtabs). Click the Evaluations tab to access evaluations for your courses. Be sure to complete evaluations within the specified time period (normally a two-week window). The specific dates will be supplied by the Registrar and are also available on the Academic Calendar. Note: course evaluations are anonymous; your instructors will not be able to determine who submitted which evaluation. 

Degree Programs

CCMS offers two degree programs - the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and the Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S.). The degree best suited for you depends on your educational background and the state in which you plan on practicing. Learn about our degree programs by clicking the links below. 

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S.)


Compare Degree Programs

  Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Bachelor of Mortuary Science (B.M.S)
Transfer credits (minimum requirement) 30 60
Semesters in program I-III I-IV
Length of program 12 months 16 months
Credits earned at CCMS 47 62
Total credits (transfer + CCMS) 77 122

 

Semester II

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC322 Professional Relationships in Funeral Service   2
SCI328 Restorative Art I   3
SCI328L Restorative Art I Lab   -
MGT324 Funeral Service Management II   3
SOC321 Historical to Contemporary Funeral Practices   3
MGT323 Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals   2
SCI326 Embalming Theory II   3
SCI327 Clinical Mortuary Practice II   1
       
  Total Semester II Credits   17

Semester II

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC322 Professional Relationships in Funeral Service   2
SCI328 Restorative Art I   3
SCI328L Restorative Art I Lab   -
MGT324 Funeral Service Management II   3
SOC321 Historical to Contemporary Funeral Practices   3
MGT323 Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals   2
SCI326 Embalming Theory II   3
SCI327 Clinical Mortuary Practice II   1
       
  Total Semester II Credits   17

Academic Honors: A.A.S. Degree

G.P.A. Latin Honor Commencement Honor Cord
3.85-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
"with the highest distinction"
Gold
3.7-3.84 Magna Cum Laude
"with great distinction"
Silver
3.5-3.69 Cum Laude
"with distinction"
Bronze

 

Semester III

SOC331 – PSYCHOLOGY OF GRIEF (3 credit hours)

The grief process and the funeral director’s role in facilitating grief are examined. Theories and characteristics of grief are discussed, including unique features of grief related to special losses. Counseling theories and principles are presented and applied to funeral arrangements. Skills are explored in a counseling lab, which includes role-playing. This course must be taken concurrently with Funeral Service Management III and Mortuary Science Capstone.

MGT334 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT III (3 credit hours)

The role and function of the funeral director as manager is defined. Management skills, personnel selection, motivation and training, and operations management are discussed. In addition, the merchandising component of the course is designed to develop product knowledge of caskets, vaults, and other merchandise, which may include presentations by manufacturers either on campus or during field trips. Planning funeral home selection areas and displaying merchandise are also explored. This course must be taken concurrently with Psychology of Grief and Mortuary Science Capstone.

SCI338 – RESTORATIVE ART II (2 credit hours)

Emphasis is placed on the treatment of various minor restorative techniques including suturing, tissue building, and hair replacement. Treatments of major restorations including abrasions, burns, fractures, decomposition, illness, trauma, and feature rebuilding are also explored.

SCI338L – RESTORATIVE ART II LAB (Credits included in RA II)

Practical application of the Restorative Art (SCI338) curriculum with a focus on the modeling and reconstruction of features & facial form, hair replacement, and cosmetic application. Credit hours are included in SCI338.

SCI336 – EMBALMING THEORY III (3 credit hours)

An in-depth survey into embalming chemicals, their compositions, functions, and how they influence organic tissues. This course is designed to aid the embalmer to better understand the reactions of the chemicals used in this field so they may be utilized to greater effect. Successful completion of both Embalming Theories I and II are requisite for beginning this course.

SCI337 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE III (CMP III) (1 credit hour)

CMP brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices.

MGT335 – MORTUARY SCIENCE CAPSTONE (3 credit hours)

This capstone course provides students with hands-on experience in serving a mock bereaved family from the first call through final disposition. Included are embalming and cosmetics, dressing and casketing, arranging, funeral directing, and preparing the required forms and paperwork. In addition, there is extensive review of prior course material in preparation for the National Board Examination. This course must be taken concurrently with Funeral Service Management III and Psychology of Grief.

Sample Schedule: Spring Enrollment (January)

Academic Honors: B.M.S. Degree

G.P.A. Latin Honor Commencement Honor Cord
3.85-4.0 Summa Cum Laude
"with the highest distinction"
Gold
3.7-3.84 Magna Cum Laude
"with great distinction"
Silver
3.5-3.69 Cum Laude
"with distinction"
Bronze

 

Where can I access textbooks?

CCMS does not have an on-campus bookstore, so students have a number of options for purchasing or renting their textbooks:

  • Buy or rent from online bookstore eCampus
  • Buy or rent from any other online or physical store
  • CCMS library has textbooks for check out and reference
  • CCMS has small buy/sell program - see administration for details

There are several items that students WILL purchase at CCMS for the most discounted price:

  • Mortuary Law, 11th ($40) – Semesters I, II
  • Funeral Service Merchandising: an Intro Text for Students ($40) – Semester III

Funeral Service Co-op

Semester IV 

The Funeral Service Co-op provides six weeks of practical experience in an off-campus funeral home setting. Students participate in: removals, preparations, dressing and casketing, arrangements, visitations, funerals, and office procedures. The student, the funeral home, and the college enter into a tri-party relationship in which each must accept responsibility for the co-op experience. The goal of this relationship is to provide the student an opportunity, under academic supervision, to participate in the actual practice of funeral service.

MGT314 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT I (3 credit hours)

Accounting and financial practices for small business owners and operations including the accounting cycle, development and understanding of financial statements, bookkeeping and banking, payroll, and asset depreciation for funeral service and industry professionals.

APA style

We are now on the 7th edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual. Click here for a list of the biggest changes. 

General

Specific 

Does CCMS have a library on campus?

Yes, we have a library dedicated to mortuary science and a full-time Library Director.

Semester II

(Required for A.A.S. & B.M.S.)

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC300 Professional Relationships in Funeral Service   2
MGT315 Restorative Art I   3
MGT314 Restorative Art I Lab   -
SCI318 Funeral Service Management II   3
SCI316 Historical to Contemporary Funeral Practices   3
SCI317 Cemetery & Cremation Fundamentals   2
SCI326 Embalming Theory II   3
SCI327 Clinical Mortuary Practice II   1
  Total Semester II Credits   17

Enrolling in the A.A.S. program

Visit the A.A.S. prerequisites page to get started. 

Contact: admissions@ccms.edu, 513-618-1926

Semester III

SOC331 – PSYCHOLOGY OF GRIEF (3 credit hours)

The grief process and the funeral director’s role in facilitating grief are examined. Theories and characteristics of grief are discussed, including unique features of grief related to special losses. Counseling theories and principles are presented and applied to funeral arrangements. Skills are explored in a counseling lab, which includes role-playing. This course must be taken concurrently with Funeral Service Management III and Mortuary Science Capstone.

MGT334 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT III (3 credit hours)

The role and function of the funeral director as manager is defined. Management skills, personnel selection, motivation and training, and operations management are discussed. In addition, the merchandising component of the course is designed to develop product knowledge of caskets, vaults, and other merchandise, which may include presentations by manufacturers either on campus or during field trips. Planning funeral home selection areas and displaying merchandise are also explored. This course must be taken concurrently with Psychology of Grief and Mortuary Science Capstone.

SCI338 – RESTORATIVE ART II (2 credit hours)

Emphasis is placed on the treatment of various minor restorative techniques including suturing, tissue building, and hair replacement. Treatments of major restorations including abrasions, burns, fractures, decomposition, illness, trauma, and feature rebuilding are also explored.

SCI338L – RESTORATIVE ART II LAB (Credits included in RA II)

Practical application of the Restorative Art (SCI338) curriculum with a focus on the modeling and reconstruction of features & facial form, hair replacement, and cosmetic application. Credit hours are included in SCI338.

SCI336 – EMBALMING THEORY III (3 credit hours)

An in-depth survey into embalming chemicals, their compositions, functions, and how they influence organic tissues. This course is designed to aid the embalmer to better understand the reactions of the chemicals used in this field so they may be utilized to greater effect. Successful completion of both Embalming Theories I and II are requisite for beginning this course.

SCI337 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE III (CMP III) (1 credit hour)

CMP brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices.

(MGT335) COMPS400 COMPREHENSIVE EXAM: NBE PREP COURSE (3 credit hours)

This mandatory pass/fail component of capstone curriculum delivers study resources for the National Board Examinations (NBE) including a series of comprehensive practice tests in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences to provide valuable study resources designed to simulate the National Board Arts and Sciences Examination sections (governed by The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board and administered by Pearson Vue testing centers). Progress and test score data is assessed weekly by faculty and successful course completion is achieved upon earning a score of 85% in each of the Arts and Sciences test sections.

Enrolling in the B.M.S. program

Visit the B.M.S. prerequisites page to get started. 

Contact: admissions@ccms.edu, 513-618-1926

For semesters 1, 2, and 3: you will have class (afternoon) M-F with one day of lab (morning) per week.

           
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00am   Lab      
9:00am   Lab      
10:00am   Lab      
11:00am          
Noon Class Class Class Class Class
1:00pm Class Class Class Class Class
2:00pm Class Class Class Class Class
3:00pm Class Class Class Class Class

Clinical Practice Requirements

Clinical requirements are incorporated into the Clinical Mortuary Practice (“CMP”) curriculum over the course of three semesters. Active participation through hands-on learning in Clinical practice over the course of three semesters includes, but may not be limited to, the specific tasks prescribed below as mandated by college policy. Required tasks must be completed prior to the conclusion of the third semester as prescribed.

  • Thirty (30) clinical case experiences 
  • Twenty (20) embalming operations
  • Five (5) transfers of deceased human remains
  • Five (5) cosmetic applications

Students who desire additional practical experience have ample opportunity to achieve such. See the Clinical Lab Director for available student lab assistant and nighttime intake opportunities, as well as volunteer weekend and holiday opportunities. 

Students are required to actively participate for the entirety of each semester of clinical practice even upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed minimum task requirements.          

Certificate Program

CCMS offers an online certificate program for individuals seeking formal education as a funeral director (only) or other death care related profession without the need for any college prerequisites.

 Funeral Director Certificate (FDC)

SCI318 – EMBALMING MICROBIOLOGY & PATHOLOGY (3 credit hours)

Microbial and pathological conditions are examined and how they relate to death, with a concentration in physical and chemical changes, disease transmission and control, sterilization and disinfection, and the effects of disease states relative to the embalming process.

Mortuary Science Capstone

Semester III

The capstone course provides students with hands-on experience in serving a mock bereaved family from the first call through final disposition.  Included are embalming and cosmetics, dressing and casketing, arranging, funeral directing, and preparing the required forms and paperwork.  In addition, there is extensive review of prior course material in preparation for the National Board Examination.

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Semester III

(Required for A.A.S. & B.M.S.)

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC331 Psychology of Grief   3
MGT334 Funeral Service Management III   3
SCI338 Restorative Art II   2
SCI338L Restorative Art II Lab   -
SCI336 Embalming Theory III   3
SCI337 Clinical Mortuary Practice III   1
MGT335 Mortuary Science Capstone   3
  Total Semester III Credits   15

Total A.A.S. credits - 47

Semester III

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC331 Psychology of Grief   3
MGT334 Funeral Service Management III   3
SCI338 Restorative Art II   2
SCI338L Restorative Art II Lab   -
SCI336 Embalming Theory III   3
SCI337 Clinical Mortuary Practice III   1
MGT335 Mortuary Science Capstone   3
       
  Total Semester III Credits   15
  Total A.A.S. credits   47

 

Semester III

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC331 Psychology of Grief   3
MGT334 Funeral Service Management III   3
SCI338 Restorative Art II   2
SCI338L Restorative Art II Lab   -
SCI336 Embalming Theory III   3
SCI337 Clinical Mortuary Practice III   1
MGT335 Mortuary Science Capstone   3
       
  Total Semester III Credits   15

 

For semesters 1, 2, and 3: you will have class (afternoon) M-F with one day of lab (morning) per week.

           
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00am   Lab      
9:00am   Lab      
10:00am   Lab      
11:00am          
Noon Class Class Class Class Class
1:00pm Class Class Class Class Class
2:00pm Class Class Class Class Class
3:00pm Class Class Class Class Class

SCI316 – EMBALMING THEORY I (ET I) (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the clinical laboratory setting and policies, ET I focuses on topographical and cardiovascular anatomy, as well as basic medical terminology. Pre, during, and post embalming considerations are explored along with an introduction to case analysis. Embalming Theory I is a prerequisite for ET II and CMP II, III.

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Semester IV

(Required for B.M.S. Only)

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC442 Funeral Aftercare   1
SOC441 Death in Media and Literature   1
MGT443 Disaster Management   2
SCI446 Gross Anatomy   2
MGT444 Funeral Service Co-Op   6
MGT445 Funeral Service Seminar   3
  Total Semester IV Credits   15

Total B.M.S. credits - 62

Click here for course descriptions.

 

Last Updated July 19th,2022. 

Sample Schedule: Fall Enrollment (August)

Semester IV

SOC442 – FUNERAL AFTERCARE (1 credit hour)

The role of the funeral home in providing support to families during the bereavement period is discussed. Consideration of the various components in a continuous care (aftercare) program includes: bereavement literature, personal contact and referrals, grief support groups and web-based support.

SOC441 – DEATH IN MEDIA AND LITERATURE (1 credit hour)

This course combines the basic elements of literature with reading and writing about literary selections that have death as a central subject. The readings consist of works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Film selections are also included.

MGT 446 – TECHNOLOGY IN FUNERAL SERVICE (2 credit hours)

This course explores various methods and platforms of technology and how it is useful in the funeral service profession and in caring for bereaved families. This course is designed for students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts funeral service. This will include exploration of funeral home management software (Passare, and SRS Procession); methods of live streaming (Facebook Live, YouTube, and OneRoom,) and Video Chatting (Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Skype); effective and responsible uses of social media; basics of funeral home website development; and exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, other software and IT support. Students will not only understand the concepts, but they will be able to apply their knowledge to situations with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks. Emphasis is placed on ethical and responsible use, professional communication skills and practices, liability to the funeral provider, problem-solving skills and most importantly, the additive value to the family's memorialization experience.

 

SCI446 – GROSS ANATOMY (2 credit hours)

This course takes a regional approach to gross anatomy with emphasis on those areas of the human body of interest to the embalmer, especially the circulatory system.

MGT444 – FUNERAL SERVICE CO-OP (6 credit hours)

The Funeral Service Co-op provides six weeks of practical experience in an off-campus funeral home setting. Students participate in: removals, preparations, dressing and casketing, arrangements, visitations, funerals, and office procedures. The student, the funeral home, and the college enter into a tri-party relationship in which each must accept responsibility for the co-op experience. The goal of this relationship is to provide the student an opportunity, under academic supervision, to participate in the actual practice of funeral service.

MGT445 – FUNERAL SERVICE SEMINAR (3 credit hours)

This specialty seminar style course provides consideration of current topics within the death care profession and consists of three components: Ethics, President’s Seminar and Celebrant Training. The course strives to develop within the funeral service professional a sense of ethical and legal thought, reflection and conduct which will then guide their decision making and actions in the proper care of the deceased and compassionate service to the bereaved. Ethical business, employment, and collegial practices are also explored in this course. President’s Seminar discussions will focus on current topics relevant to our profession to help you expand your knowledge of death care so that you enter the profession as a well-rounded and well-versed professional. Celebrant training will focus on meeting the needs of survivors while meaningfully and appropriately honoring a life lived.

Sample Schedule: Fall Enrollment (August)

SCI317 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE I (CMP I) (1 credit hour)

CMP brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices. Clinical Mortuary Practice is a prerequisite for CMP II, III.

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Funeral Service Co-op

Semester IV 

The Funeral Service Co-op provides six weeks of practical experience in an off-campus funeral home setting. Students participate in: removals, preparations, dressing and casketing, arrangements, visitations, funerals, and office procedures. The student, the funeral home, and the college enter into a tri-party relationship in which each must accept responsibility for the co-op experience. The goal of this relationship is to provide the student an opportunity, under academic supervision, to participate in the actual practice of funeral service.

Compare Our Programs

Program Associate of Applied Science Bachelor of Mortuary Science
Required Transfer Credits 30 Semester Credits 60 Semester Credits
Semesters in Program I, II, and III I, II, III, and IV
Length of Program 12 months (approx.) 16 months (approx.)
Credits Earned at CCMS 47 semester credits 62 semester credits
Minimum Total Credits
(Transfer + CCMS)
77 semester credits

122 semester credits

 

Semester IV

Course No. Course Title   Course Credits
SOC442 Funeral Aftercare   1
SOC441 Death in Media and Literature   1
MGT446 Technology in Funeral Service   2
SCI446 Gross Anatomy   2
MGT444 Funeral Service Co-Op   6
MGT445 Funeral Service Seminar   3
       
  Total Semester IV Credits   15
  Total B.M.S. credits   62

 

For semesters 1, 2, and 3: you will have class (morning) M-F with one day of lab (afternoon) per week.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00am Class Class Class Class Class
9:00am Class Class Class Class Class
10:00am Class Class Class Class Class
11:00am Class Class Class Class Class
Noon          
1:00pm       Lab  
2:00pm       Lab  
3:00pm       Lab

Semester II

Books in the CCMS Library

  • American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    LOCATION: Reference. Dewey# 808.06615
  • Harris, M. & Kunka, J. (2005). Prentice Hall reference guide (9th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
    LOCATION: Reference. Dewey# 428
  • McWhorter, K. & Aaron, J. (2012). The successful writer’s handbook (2nd ed.). Boston: Longman. LOCATION: Reference. Dewey# 428
  • Turabian, Kate L. (2013). A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations (8th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. LOCATION: Reference. Dewey# 428

General & Encyclopedias

Academic Search Premier

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Internet Public Library

IPL is a web-based repository of over 10,000 reference articles to guide you in your research. Their articles span diverse topics like literature, history, science, geography, entertainment, and technology.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.

Who do I contact with questions about academics?

For semesters 1, 2, and 3: you will have class (morning) M-F with one day of lab (afternoon) per week.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00am Class Class Class Class Class
9:00am Class Class Class Class Class
10:00am Class Class Class Class Class
11:00am Class Class Class Class Class
Noon          
1:00pm       Lab  
2:00pm       Lab  
3:00pm       Lab

Click here for course descriptions.   

 

Last Updated: July 19th, 2022

SOC322 – PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN FUNERAL SERVICE (2 credit hours)

Business and interpersonal relationships in the funeral service profession are explored. Skills are developed which facilitate relating well with employers and colleagues, bereaved families, and the community at large. Students have the opportunity to develop a resume, to make an oral presentation applicable to funeral service, and to practice empathic care giving and funeral arranging skills.

SCI328 – RESTORATIVE ART I (RA I) (3 credit hours)

Emphasis is placed on the natural form and appearance of the cranium and face. Studies include bones and muscles of the head, shapes, proportions, profiles and features. RA lab is a component allowing the students to gain practical experience in modeling and reconstructing features. Wax mediums, cosmetics and color theory are also explored. Restorative Art I is a prerequisite to Restorative Art II.

Books & Literature

About: Books

Information on books and authors.

American & English full text literature collections

Electronic books of American and English literature: poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible. 

Literary Reference Center (EBSCOhost)

Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works.

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Financial & housing

Tuition & aid

Financial aid & scholarships

AAS Tuition

BMS Tuition

Jobs

Job Board

Housing

Housing

Roommates

Semester IV

Whether you enrolled in Spring or August, your 4th (last) semester schedule is much different than semesters 1-3. Classes are typically on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays. Students are also registered in Co-op. See current semester 4 schedule

SCI328L – RESTORATIVE ART I LAB (Credits included in RA I)

Lab application of SCI328 curriculum focusing on modeling and restoration of the human form using armatures and wax.

MGT324 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT II (3 credit hours)

Examines current mortuary law theory, state and federal regulations pertaining to funeral homes as a business and directors as licensed professionals. Explores legal rights, duties, liabilities and the various parties involved when arranging for disposition and the order of the death registration process in the United States. Designed to introduce funeral prearrangements and methods of securing market share through permissible, lawful marketing tactics and funding options.

Business & Government

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998.

The World FactBook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Ohio.gov: Government Information & Services

Regional Business News (EBSCOhost)

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

U.S. Government websites (World Book Online Reference Center)

SOC321 – HISTORICAL TO CONTEMPORARY FUNERAL PRACTICES (3 credit hours)

The Funeral Directing Curriculum focuses on the basic duties, responsibilities, and expectations of those practicing funeral service, with a historical to contemporary perspective. Explores the influences of religion and burial practices in ancient cultures and the evolution of those customs and beliefs into modern day practice. Examining birth cohorts and various religious rites assists funeral service professionals in conducting the arrangement conference, facilitating various types of funerals, from Celebrant services to supplemental services, including fraternal and military honors.

MGT323 – CEMETERY AND CREMATION FUNDAMENTALS (2 credit hours)

A study of the role cemeteries and crematories play within the death care industry. Historical perspectives, both past and present, are discussed as well as their impact on our practices today. The science and statistics behind interment and cremation are presented to provide a greater understanding as to how the funeral industry may better adapt to a rapidly changing landscape.

History & Biography

Biographical Dictionary

Dictionary of notable men and women which can be searched by name, birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords.

Biography Reference Bank

With links to every article focused on any individual in nearly every WilsonWeb database, Biography Reference Bank offers a breadth and depth of information you’ll find in no other biography database. It covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images!

Biography.com

Features biographies of about 25,000 people.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Death Records > Ohio

Cyndi’s List offers hundreds of thousands of links related to genealogy, organized and cross-referenced in over 100 categories.

Encyclopedia.com biographies

Encyclopedia.com has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.

How to find Ohio death records (Family Search)

Ohio History Central

Ohio History Central is an evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio’s natural history, prehistory, and history. Ohio History Central is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about Ohio! Ohio History Central was researched and written by staff at the Ohio History Connection.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

photo of The Conference study guide

National Board Exam

The CCMS library has resources to help you prepare for the NBE (and for the Comprehensive Exam). CCMS also offers a reimbursement of NBE fees for first time passing of both the Arts and Science sections (see Policy and Form below.)

Purchase National Board Exam Study Guide (published by The Conference)

About the National Board Exam

CCMS NBE Fee Reimbursement Policy

CCMS NBE Fee Reimbursement Request Form

 

SCI326 – EMBALMING THEORY II (3 credit hours)

ET II focuses on the application of embalming techniques and fluids. The course explores treating the difficult case including delayed embalming, embalming the infant or child, autopsies, organ and tissue donors, trauma due to accident or illness, decomposition, and burns. Vascular difficulties and moisture considerations are also reviewed. Embalming Theory II is a prerequisite for Embalming Theory III.

SCI327 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE II (CMP II) (1 credit hour)

CMP II brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices. Clinical Mortuary Practice I is a prerequisite for CMP II.

Legal

  • Justia
    • Find cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and U.S. District Courts. Offers keyword search.
  • The Public Library of Law
    • Users must sign up for a free account to actually read cases. Find cases from the U.S. Supreme Court (1754-present), U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal (generally 1951-present, with a few exceptions), and state cases (1997-present).
  • Google Scholar
    • Select "case law." You can search by all courts or federal courts, or you can choose a state court. 
  • Ohio Revised Code
    • Codified laws of Ohio passed by the General Assembly, searchable by section number or keyword.

Licensing Requirements

Students should be well versed in their particular state licensing requirements. Requirements will vary and are mandated by a state licensing board and/or state law. See licensing requirements by state, courtesy of the National Funeral Director’s Association.

CCMS does not provide specific state licensing requirements to students, rather it is obtained through each state’s licensing board (refer to the above licensing requirements link.) Students are responsible for knowing and keeping current on requirements.  It is strongly recommended that students frequently visiting their state licensing board website and direct all questions to their state’s licensing officials.

Semester III

SOC331 – PSYCHOLOGY OF GRIEF (3 credit hours)

The grief process and the funeral director’s role in facilitating grief are examined. Theories and characteristics of grief are discussed, including unique features of grief related to special losses. Counseling theories and principles are presented and applied to funeral arrangements. Skills are explored in a counseling lab, which includes role-playing. This course must be taken concurrently with Funeral Service Management III and Mortuary Science Capstone.

Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals

All EBSCOhost databases

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost)

Multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost)

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects.

MGT334 – FUNERAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT III (3 credit hours)

The role and function of the funeral director as manager is defined. Management skills, personnel selection, motivation and training, and operations management are discussed. In addition, the merchandising component of the course is designed to develop product knowledge of caskets, vaults, and other merchandise, which may include presentations by manufacturers either on campus or during field trips. Planning funeral home selection areas and displaying merchandise are also explored. This course must be taken concurrently with Psychology of Grief and Mortuary Science Capstone.

SCI338 – RESTORATIVE ART II (2 credit hours)

Emphasis is placed on the treatment of various minor restorative techniques including suturing, tissue building, and hair replacement. Treatments of major restorations including abrasions, burns, fractures, decomposition, illness, trauma, and feature rebuilding are also explored.

Science & Health

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. 

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. 

MedlinePlus

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc.

 

SCI338L – RESTORATIVE ART II LAB (Credits included in RA II)

Lab application of SCI338 curriculum with a focus on the modeling and reconstruction of features & facial form, hair replacement, and cosmetic application.

SCI336 – EMBALMING THEORY III (3 credit hours)

An in-depth survey into embalming chemicals, their compositions, functions, and how they influence organic tissues. This course is designed to aid the embalmer to better understand the reactions of the chemicals used in this field so they may be utilized to greater effect. Successful completion of both Embalming Theories I and II are requisite for beginning this course.

Social Sciences & Humanities

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.

Religion and Philosophy Collection

Religion & Philosophy Collection™ provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, and religious history. The collection provides access to more than 300 full text journals. 

Sociological Collection

This database provides coverage of more than 500 full text journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles. Sociological Collection offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

SCI337 – CLINICAL MORTUARY PRACTICE III (CMP III) (1 credit hour)

CMP brings the student into the lab where clinical practices rely heavily upon ET I theories and procedures as the basis for embalming fundamentals and safe clinical practices.

MGT335 – MORTUARY SCIENCE CAPSTONE (3 credit hours)

This capstone course provides students with hands-on experience in serving a mock bereaved family from the first call through final disposition. Included are embalming and cosmetics, dressing and casketing, arranging, funeral directing, and preparing the required forms and paperwork. In addition, there is extensive review of prior course material in preparation for the National Board Examination. This course must be taken concurrently with Funeral Service Management III and Psychology of Grief.

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Semester IV (BMS program only)

SOC442 – FUNERAL AFTERCARE (1 credit hour)

The role of the funeral home in providing support to families during the bereavement period is discussed. Consideration of the various components in a continuous care (aftercare) program includes: bereavement literature, personal contact and referrals, grief support groups and web-based support.

SOC441 – DEATH IN MEDIA AND LITERATURE (1 credit hour)

This course combines the basic elements of literature with reading and writing about literary selections that have death as a central subject. The readings consist of works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Film selections are also included.

MGT446 – TECHNOLOGY IN FUNERAL SERVICE (2 credit hours)

This course explores various methods and platforms of technology and how it is useful in the funeral service profession and in caring for bereaved families. This course is designed for students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts funeral service. This will include exploration of funeral home management software (Passare, and SRS Procession); methods of live streaming (Facebook Live, YouTube, and OneRoom,) and Video Chatting (Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Skype); effective and responsible uses of social media; basics of funeral home website development; and exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, other softwareand IT support. Students will not only understand the concepts, but they will be able to apply their knowledge to situations with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks. Emphasis is placed on ethical and responsible use, professional communication skills and practices, liability to the funeral provider, problem-solving skills and most importantly, the additive value to the family's memorialization experience.

SCI446 – GROSS ANATOMY (2 credit hours)

This course takes a regional approach to gross anatomy with emphasis on those areas of the human body of interest to the embalmer, especially the circulatory system.

MGT444 – FUNERAL SERVICE CO-OP (6 credit hours)

The Funeral Service Co-op provides six weeks of practical experience in an off-campus funeral home setting. Students participate in: removals, preparations, dressing and casketing, arrangements, visitations, funerals, and office procedures. The student, the funeral home, and the college enter into a tri-party relationship in which each must accept responsibility for the co-op experience. The goal of this relationship is to provide the student an opportunity, under academic supervision, to participate in the actual practice of funeral service.

MGT445 – FUNERAL SERVICE SEMINAR (3 credit hours)

This course provides an in-depth exploration of current issues and trends in funeral service. Key topics include: contemporary legal issues, creative funeral home offerings (such as celebrants, post-funeral gatherings and pet services), and effective use of social media and technology in the funeral home.