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.
FMC Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve
- Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
- Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
- Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
- Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
- Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
- Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
- Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
- Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment. 2
- Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.