Professionals in the funeral industry work and serve others during times of loss, mourning, and grief. The mission of FINE Mortuary College is to promote excellence by providing a comprehensive education in behavioral, physical and applied sciences to prepare students for careers as knowledgeable, skilled and innovative funeral service professionals. Our program dedicates itself to ensuring that graduates will be ready to serve bereaved members of their communities in an expert manner that is dignified and caring.
To accomplish this mission, FMC endeavors to provide both a rigorous academic education and an active program in practical training. Upon successful completion of the program graduates will have:
- Possessed both a strong foundation of the knowledge and technical skills necessary for success in the profession.
- Developed high ethical standards, including sensitivity and compassion towards those experiencing grief, the ability to communicate efficiently, and leadership qualities to serve as role models within their communities.
- Achieved proficiency in the practical skills of restorative art and embalming, and the management skills to become a competent funeral home owner or manager.
- Succeeded in understanding the ever-changing dynamics and complexities of grief, the ability to anticipate the needs of those bereaved, and to fully appreciate the role and value of the funeral service practitioner as a caregiver in the community.
Finally, it is also an integral part of FMC’s mission to provide an educational experience that is considerate of its students’ ongoing jobs and personal obligations while promoting pride in the funeral profession itself.
To respect and promote student success, FMC's classes are structured around the student’s needs, so that they can earn their degree while maintaining outside responsibilities.
The central aim of FMC is recognition of funeral service personnel as:
- Members of a human services profession;
- Members of the community in which they serve;
- Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
- Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice) as well as;
- Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.
The objectives of FMC are:
- To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
- To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession, as defined in the Preamble at the beginning of this chapter;
- To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
- To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
- To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;
- To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.