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Funeral and Allied Health Services

Build the essential skills and knowledge you need for two career paths – funeral directing and embalming.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

Learn about all aspects of funeral service while developing the skills you need to work as a funeral director and/or embalmer. Although you may choose to pursue only one of these avenues as a career, you benefit from having a solid understanding of each.

The most effective funeral directors are open-minded, compassionate, non-judgmental and responsive communicators. In this career, you meet bereaved people who rely upon your support, good organizational skills and knowledge of the products and services available to them when making funeral arrangements.

Embalmers have the technical skills required to perform sanitation, preservation and restoration of a deceased human body.

In this program, you acquire the skill and confidence to work efficiently. You learn the importance of teamwork and become familiar with the technical language and medical terminology used by health professionals.

Clinical placement

  • This program includes mandatory clinical placements that may take place in a variety of settings.
    • Clinical placements are mandatory credit courses. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of a work environment.
    • Placement opportunities are typically unpaid.
  • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to clinical placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit work experience opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • Benefit from our faculty's deep knowledge of the funeral sector, as well as flexible learning options.
  • The Funeral and Allied Health Services program enjoys close contact with Atlantic Canada's funeral sector. It is responsive to sector needs and demands and, as such, gives you the best possible chance of securing fulfilling employment in the field.
  • Graduates meet the apprenticeship requirements for licensing as embalmers and funeral directors; practical work experience is gained, for the most part, at the funeral homes where you are apprenticed.

Other info

  • Applicants are not required to secure an apprenticeship prior to admission; however, by the end of the first semester, proof of an apprenticeship with a funeral home in Atlantic Canada is required.
  • This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming availability.
  • This program is divided into six semesters, delivered online, over a period of two years, while students meet the apprenticeship requirements for licensing as embalmers and funeral directors.
  • Licensing examination(s) are required to work in this field. Licensing examinations may include both a written examination and a practical examination. For more information on provincial licensing requirements, contact your respective Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
  • In Atlantic Canada, licensed funeral directors and licensed embalmers work as Funeral and Allied Health Services professionals, many holding both licences. The Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors administers the issuing of licences and governs the course of instruction. Applicants from Newfoundland and Labrador are advised to check with their Provincial Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors about apprenticeship registration eligibility.
  • Students will be required to sign an agreement on ethical conduct and confidentiality.

September 2025

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
eCampus
Full time Asynchronous online
Delivered fully online with no scheduled classes.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent
    • This program is open to applicants from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador provinces.
  • A valid Class 5 driver's licence
  • If you've not obtained an apprenticeship with a funeral home prior to beginning the program, you'll be required to take part in a work/volunteer observation experience under a licensed Funeral Director. Before approaching a funeral home to set up the work/volunteer observation experience, NSCC Admissions will provide you with the required documentation.
  • If you have obtained an apprenticeship prior to beginning the program, you're required to submit a letter of recommendation from the funeral home in support of your application. This letter should outline your work experience at the funeral home and confirm that you'll complete your apprenticeship with that funeral home.

Program requirements

  • A current, official criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check are required to complete work placements in many programs. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements.
  • All programs in Health and Human Services require First Aid/CPR as a graduation requirement. For specific program requirements, view additional Health and Human Services program requirements
  • Many Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements by the date provided to you at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete.
    • Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement, which will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Portfolio development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for College services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Most graduates choose to work as funeral directors and embalmers, but employment options are many; graduates work as morgue attendants, funeral planners, aftercare counsellors and funeral service educators.
  • Graduates are also hired by hospital and university laboratories, crematoria, answering services for funeral homes and businesses specializing in cemetery management, funeral stationery, transfer services and the manufacturers of embalming chemicals, caskets and monuments.

Future study options

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

ANAP 1001 - Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Language
This course is a study of the basic structure, functions and medical language related to human body systems, terms of reference used in anatomical description, anatomical position, and structural anatomy. A systemic approach is applied in the study of organ systems, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, circulatory, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The interrelationships among systems, and regulation of physiological functions involved in maintaining homeostasis will be examined. A foundational knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology is essential to the study and practice of embalming, pathology, and restorative art. Through course learning activities, students will apply knowledge of the structure and function of human body systems in life, using appropriate medical terms and discuss the application of anatomy to embalming and restorative procedures.

FUSV 1001 - Funeral Service Law and Ethics
The purpose of this course is to study the areas of mortuary law and funeral service ethics as it applies to the funeral sector professionals, business operations, and professional services. Students will examine provincial legislation. licensing board policies and code of professional conduct for the province where they are apprenticing to learn about educational, apprenticeship and licensing requirements for apprentices and responsibilities of licensed mentors, funeral directors, and embalmers. Licensing requirements and minimum standards for the operation of funeral homes and crematoria will also be reviewed. Ethical and legal considerations for the care and custody of the patient, transfers, chain of custody protocol, death registration, authorizations, and disclosures, and arranging for various modes of disposition (e.g. Transfers, cremation, burial, donation) in Atlantic Canada will be explored.

FUSV 1002 - Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
Students are introduced to current issues, concepts, and research in the study of bio-psycho-social- spiritual aspects of death, dying and bereavement. Examining the significance of end-of-life experiences, we’ll consider how we live influences how we die. We will also apply a broader holistic context to the effects of society and culture as we understand, process, and communicate about dying and death. Understanding social, spiritual, and cultural contexts of dying through a telescopic lens, issues on death concepts across the lifespan, death anxiety, as well as and death and grief literacy will be explored. As funeral and allied health professionals, we will examine the importance of practicing cultural humility at end-of-life. This includes respect and support for end-of-life decisions about care, treatment, and comfort, dimensions of care, experiences of grief and bereavement, as well as a family/ community-centred lens for supporting expected, unexpected and traumatic deaths. Course learning activities will support students to reflect on self-awareness including their own mortality, personal values as well as meaning of life, and death. Critical reflection on one’s personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and experiences with death and grief supports our capacity for healthy navigation of end-of-life issues, dying, death and bereavement in both personal and professional contexts.

FUSV 1007 - Embalming Practice Essentials
This course is a study of the ethical, legal, and technical considerations for embalmers. A consideration of the value of embalming, professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the embalmer, the importance of personal protective equipment and practicing in a safe working environment will be discussed. Use of preparation equipment and supplies, chemical knowledge and use, pre-embalming, embalming and post-embalming analysis, proper procedures, techniques, preservative, and restorative treatments for professional practice will be introduced.

FUSV 1008 - Contemporary Rites and Rituals
In this course, students will explore contemporary secular and religious rites, rituals, and ceremonies. Judeo-Christian religious rites and rituals will be the focus in this course. We’ll discuss traditional religious funeral practices relative to our experiences with contemporary religious and secular funeral practices within the Atlantic Canadian context. We are witnessing a shift in religious practices and identities in our communities. As a result of this shift, the patterned, ritual ways in which we act out our emotions, bring meaning and connections to our lives, and to make sense of a loss, is changing. Students will explore opportunities to offer something different than the traditional funeral so that they can create meaningful experiences for the family and community of mourners.

FUSV 1017 - Microbiology and Pathology Foundations
Students will learn the fundamental principles of microbiology and infectious disease. Mechanisms of disease, prevention measures, immune responses, human body defenses, and risks factors will be discussed. The understanding and application of microbiological concepts and human diseases is vital to funeral professionals, preventing undue risk to themselves, colleagues, and the public. Additionally, we will introduce pathological conditions affecting human body systems, methods of diagnosis, treatment methods and disease management. It important, as an embalmer apprentice, to consider the impact of common diseases on the human body as the disease progression and treatment methods during the patient's lifetime will ultimately influence embalming analysis, chemicals, embalming procedures, restorative treatments, and overall outcomes.

FUSV 1110 - Funeral and Allied Health Services Applied Learning Practicum I
Nova Scotia Community College students enrolled in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program, increase their theoretical knowledge base and develop skills while apprenticing as funeral directors and embalmers. All six applied learning practicum courses are designed to capture the application of theory in the funeral home setting and through engagements with the community. As the theory courses provide the foundation for the applied learning, it is expected that students will continue with their online theory courses while completing each applied learning practicum course. Students have the responsibility to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to the workplace. It is important to adhere to the funeral home policies and accept direction and appropriate feedback from licensed mentors. Students enrolled in the NSCC Funeral and Allied Health Services program are College ambassadors and should adhere to its academic policies as well as the ethical and professional practice expected of professionals in the field. Funeral and Allied Health Services apprenticeship students must be aware of the importance of developing and demonstrating professional values, personal management skills and teamwork skills outlined in the professional conduct rubric relative to the professional conduct learning outcome. Assessment in all learning environments will include but will not be limited to the following professional values: accountability; confidentiality; dignity; integrity; teamwork skills; works well with others; participates in all assigned tasks; and personal management skills: positive attitude and behaviour, time management and responsibility, adaptability, willingness to learn, workplace safety, and deportment. The applied learning practicum courses are competency based and outline the expectations for increasing levels of competency from one course to the next. Successful demonstration of competencies is required for progression to subsequent applied learning practicum courses, professional licensing, and program completion. Documented participation in funeral and embalming procedures including first calls, transfers, preparation of documentation required for all modes of disposition, preparation of human remains for viewing and transfer, assisted arrangements, funeral arrangement conferences, pre-arrangements, set-ups for visitation, tribute services, funerals, memorial services, directing funerals and committals and all tasks as requested by the licensed mentor necessary in the provision of funeral services to client families at a beginner level and with increasing levels of competency. All procedures performed by the student are recorded and signed-off by the appropriate mentor/licensee in the Applied Learning Practicum handbook.

FUSV 1220 - Funeral and Allied Health Services Applied Learning Practicum II
Nova Scotia Community College students enrolled in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program, increase their theoretical knowledge base and develop skills while apprenticing as funeral directors and embalmers. All six applied learning practicum courses are designed to capture the application of theory in the funeral home setting and through engagements with the community. As the theory courses provide the foundation for the applied learning, it is expected that students will continue with their online theory courses while completing each applied learning practicum course. Students have the responsibility to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to the workplace. It is important to adhere to the funeral home policies and accept direction and appropriate feedback from licensed mentors. Students enrolled in the NSCC Funeral and Allied Health Services program are College ambassadors and should adhere to its academic policies as well as the ethical and professional practice expected of professionals in the field. Funeral and Allied Health Services apprenticeship students must be aware of the importance of developing and demonstrating professional values, personal management skills and teamwork skills outlined in the professional conduct rubric relative to the professional conduct learning outcome. Assessment in all learning environments will include but will not be limited to the following professional values: accountability; confidentiality; dignity; integrity; teamwork skills; works well with others; participates in all assigned tasks; and personal management skills: positive attitude and behaviour, time management and responsibility, adaptability, willingness to learn, workplace safety, and deportment. The applied learning practicum courses are competency based and outline the expectations for increasing levels of competency from one course to the next. Successful demonstration of competencies is required for progression to subsequent applied learning practicum courses, professional licensing, and program completion. Documented participation in funeral and embalming procedures including first calls, transfers, preparation of documentation required for all modes of disposition, preparation of human remains for viewing and transfer, assisted arrangements, funeral arrangement conferences, pre-arrangements, set-ups for visitation, tribute services, funerals, memorial services, directing funerals and committals and all tasks as requested by the licensed mentor necessary in the provision of funeral services to client families at a beginner level and with increasing levels of competency. All procedures performed by the student are recorded and signed-off by the appropriate mentor/licensee in the Applied Learning Practicum handbook.

FUSV 1330 - Funeral and Allied Health Services Applied Learning Practicum III
Nova Scotia Community College students enrolled in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program, increase their theoretical knowledge base and develop skills while apprenticing as funeral directors and embalmers. All six applied learning practicum courses are designed to capture the application of theory in the funeral home setting and through engagements with the community. As the theory courses provide the foundation for the applied learning, it is expected that students will continue with their online theory courses while completing each applied learning practicum course. Students have the responsibility to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to the workplace. It is important to adhere to the funeral home policies and accept direction and appropriate feedback from licensed mentors. Students enrolled in the NSCC Funeral and Allied Health Services program are College ambassadors and should adhere to its academic policies as well as the ethical and professional practice expected of professionals in the field. Funeral and Allied Health Services apprenticeship students must be aware of the importance of developing and demonstrating professional values, personal management skills and teamwork skills outlined in the professional conduct rubric relative to the professional conduct learning outcome. Assessment in all learning environments will include but will not be limited to the following professional values: accountability; confidentiality; dignity; integrity; teamwork skills; works well with others; participates in all assigned tasks; and personal management skills: positive attitude and behaviour, time management and responsibility, adaptability, willingness to learn, workplace safety, and deportment. The applied learning practicum courses are competency based and outline the expectations for increasing levels of competency from one course to the next. Successful demonstration of competencies is required for progression to subsequent applied learning practicum courses, professional licensing, and program completion. Documented participation in funeral and embalming procedures including first calls, transfers, preparation of documentation required for all modes of disposition, preparation of human remains for viewing and transfer, assisted arrangements, funeral arrangement conferences, pre-arrangements, set-ups for visitation, tribute services, funerals, memorial services, directing funerals and committals and all tasks as requested by the licensed mentor necessary in the provision of funeral services to client families at a beginner level and with increasing levels of competency. All procedures performed by the student are recorded and signed-off by the appropriate mentor/licensee in the Applied Learning Practicum handbook.

FUSV 2000 - World Religions: Western Traditions
Looking beyond Judeo-Christian religious practices, a selection of the major world religions and spiritual philosophies will be explored during this course. We’ll be looking at the world religions students will most likely encounter in their work in Atlantic Canada such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Baha’i Faith and Indigenous spiritual traditions. The evolution of funeral practices across these cultures is studied to broaden understanding of the significance of specific religious rites and rituals within the contemporary Atlantic Canadian context. Students will consider their own role in fulfilling services, religious beliefs to keep in mind, what timelines will look like for transfers, arrangements and disposition, the questions they will need to ask during arrangement conferences to meet the needs of individuals and families, as well as special considerations for preparation and disposition. Through course learning activities, students will apply knowledge of the world religions covered in this course to meet the needs of families.

FUSV 2001 - Legal Aspects of Death: Advanced Planning and Aftercare
The course topics include pre-arranged services and a review of pre-need legislation in Atlantic Canada, death benefits, advance planning considerations and client aftercare. Application and awareness of provincial legislation as it applies to prearranged funerals is important to funeral professionals. A review of the legislation specific to the sale of prearranged funeral plans for each province in Atlantic Canada will be our focus. Students will have the opportunity to review legal terms that apply to estate planning and end of life care; and discuss important decisions that must be considered to ensure one’s wishes are known and carried out. Knowledge of available death benefits is essential in meeting the needs of client families when arranging services and providing client aftercare.

FUSV 2002 - Issues in Grief and Bereavement for Funeral Service
Funeral and Allied Health professionals are important stakeholders in integrated care who provide individuals, families, and communities support in dying, death and grief. Whether it is before a death, during the process of dying or after a death has occurred; grief is core to the experience. North America has been critiqued for being a grief-denying society, which can impact the role the funeral professional provides. Beyond the care of the deceased, funeral professional must also support the bereaved. Self-awareness, knowledge, and strategies matter greatly to the bereaved; as well as how they are delivered. Students will explore current research on grief and loss, through a person-centred, family-centred, and community-centred lens. Through discussions of complex legal, moral, and ethical issues on grief and loss, and practice critical self-reflection, students will consider their own biases and judgments core to their own professional practice.

FUSV 2007 - Embalming Challenges and Restorative Procedures
Students will build on foundational knowledge from Embalming Practice Essentials, Restorative Art, and Mortuary Pathology. Embalming variables and complications will be analyzed. The course explores treating difficult cases including delayed embalming, discolouration, embalming the infant or child, autopsies, organ and tissue donors, trauma due to accident or illness, decomposition, and burns. Vascular difficulties and moisture considerations will be reviewed. The types of chemicals and supplies required to embalm and restore challenging cases, along with a variety of methods and restorative techniques and a consideration of time, skills, methods, and restorative techniques to restore deceased patients will be discussed. Students will be introduced to challenging cases studies like cases that they may experience in the workplace. Students will apply practical skills, embalming and restorative techniques, and resources to combat these challenging embalming and restorative challenges.

FUSV 2019 - Mortuary Pathology
Mortuary Pathology enables students to examine the pathology for a variety of patient cases. Students will consider important concepts related to diseases and disorders; how the patient lived with the disease or disorder; how a disease or disorder manifested, the impact of trauma on the body; the effects of medication and treatment; circumstances of death and determination of death; and post-mortem changes, and apply this knowledge to complete a case analysis, identifying embalming challenges and required restorative procedures.

FUSV 2100 - Funeral Service Business Practices
This course provides students with an introductory level understanding of funeral service business practices. Students explore best practices and strategies to create welcoming and inclusive funeral homes, sensitive to the needs of client families. Communicating with client families beginning with the first call, transfers from home, arrangement conferences, explanation of service options, merchandise selection and pricing, funeral and related services are discussed. Through course learning activities, students will apply knowledge of funeral merchandise, disposition options and requirements, third party services, contemporary trends, legislation, and ethical considerations to manage expectations of consumers and handle challenging situations.

FUSV 2104 - Restorative Art
Students will develop a foundation for the procedures they will perform to restore deceased patients to natural form and colour. Course topics and learning activities will involve minor and major restorations, application of knowledge of surface bones of the face and cranium, muscles of surface form and expression, the basic principles of proportion, size, and shape of the individual features of the face, and facial markings. Students will learn techniques and develop skills using restorative wax for modeling, tissue building, application of bleaching techniques and suturing. The use of preparation room chemicals, restorative tools and instruments will be considered in relation to the preparation and restoration of deceased patients for identification and viewing.

FUSV 2140 - Funeral and Allied Health Services Applied Learning Practicum IV
Nova Scotia Community College students enrolled in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program, increase their theoretical knowledge base and develop skills while apprenticing as funeral directors and embalmers. All six applied learning practicum courses are designed to capture the application of theory in the funeral home setting and through engagements with the community. As the theory courses provide the foundation for the applied learning, it is expected that students will continue with their online theory courses while completing each applied learning practicum course. Students have the responsibility to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to the workplace. It is important to adhere to the funeral home policies and accept direction and appropriate feedback from licensed mentors. Students enrolled in the NSCC Funeral and Allied Health Services program are College ambassadors and should adhere to its academic policies as well as the ethical and professional practice expected of professionals in the field. Funeral and Allied Health Services apprenticeship students must be aware of the importance of developing and demonstrating professional values, personal management skills and teamwork skills outlined in the professional conduct rubric relative to the professional conduct learning outcome. Assessment in all learning environments will include but will not be limited to the following professional values: accountability; confidentiality; dignity; integrity; teamwork skills; works well with others; participates in all assigned tasks; and personal management skills: positive attitude and behaviour, time management and responsibility, adaptability, willingness to learn, workplace safety, and deportment. The applied learning practicum courses are competency based and outline the expectations for increasing levels of competency from one course to the next. Successful demonstration of competencies is required for progression to subsequent applied learning practicum courses, professional licensing, and program completion. Documented participation in funeral and embalming procedures including first calls, transfers, preparation of documentation required for all modes of disposition, preparation of human remains for viewing and transfer, assisted arrangements, funeral arrangement conferences, pre-arrangements, set-ups for visitation, tribute services, funerals, memorial services, directing funerals and committals and all tasks as requested by the licensed mentor necessary in the provision of funeral services to client families at a beginner level and with increasing levels of competency. All procedures performed by the student are recorded and signed-off by the appropriate mentor/licensee in the Applied Learning Practicum handbook.

FUSV 2250 - Funeral and Allied Health Services Applied Learning Practicum V
Nova Scotia Community College students enrolled in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program, increase their theoretical knowledge base and develop skills while apprenticing as funeral directors and embalmers. All six applied learning practicum courses are designed to capture the application of theory in the funeral home setting and through engagements with the community. As the theory courses provide the foundation for the applied learning, it is expected that students will continue with their online theory courses while completing each applied learning practicum course. Students have the responsibility to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to the workplace. It is important to adhere to the funeral home policies and accept direction and appropriate feedback from licensed mentors. Students enrolled in the NSCC Funeral and Allied Health Services program are College ambassadors and should adhere to its academic policies as well as the ethical and professional practice expected of professionals in the field. Funeral and Allied Health Services apprenticeship students must be aware of the importance of developing and demonstrating professional values, personal management skills and teamwork skills outlined in the professional conduct rubric relative to the professional conduct learning outcome. Assessment in all learning environments will include but will not be limited to the following professional values: accountability; confidentiality; dignity; integrity; teamwork skills; works well with others; participates in all assigned tasks; and personal management skills: positive attitude and behaviour, time management and responsibility, adaptability, willingness to learn, workplace safety, and deportment. The applied learning practicum courses are competency based and outline the expectations for increasing levels of competency from one course to the next. Successful demonstration of competencies is required for progression to subsequent applied learning practicum courses, professional licensing, and program completion. Documented participation in funeral and embalming procedures including first calls, transfers, preparation of documentation required for all modes of disposition, preparation of human remains for viewing and transfer, assisted arrangements, funeral arrangement conferences, pre-arrangements, set-ups for visitation, tribute services, funerals, memorial services, directing funerals and committals and all tasks as requested by the licensed mentor necessary in the provision of funeral services to client families at a beginner level and with increasing levels of competency. All procedures performed by the student are recorded and signed-off by the appropriate mentor/licensee in the Applied Learning Practicum handbook.

FUSV 2300 - Funeral Service Management Practices
This course introduces the basic principles of management as they apply to the funeral service business. Students will explore the role, function, and management skills of the funeral director as manager. Management roles involving client services, personnel and financial management, marketing and public relations, product and supply inventory, and facilities and equipment will be discussed. Course cases will present interesting management problems for students to identify and offer solutions.

FUSV 2360 - Applied Learning Practicum VI
Nova Scotia Community College students enrolled in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program, increase their theoretical knowledge base and develop skills while apprenticing as funeral directors and embalmers. All six applied learning practicum courses are designed to capture the application of theory in the funeral home setting and through engagements with the community. As the theory courses provide the foundation for the applied learning, it is expected that students will continue with their online theory courses while completing each applied learning practicum course. Students have the responsibility to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to the workplace. It is important to adhere to the funeral home policies and accept direction and appropriate feedback from licensed mentors. Students enrolled in the NSCC Funeral and Allied Health Services program are College ambassadors and should adhere to its academic policies as well as the ethical and professional practice expected of professionals in the field. Funeral and Allied Health Services apprenticeship students must be aware of the importance of developing and demonstrating professional values, personal management skills and teamwork skills outlined in the professional conduct rubric relative to the professional conduct learning outcome. Assessment in all learning environments will include but will not be limited to the following professional values: accountability; confidentiality; dignity; integrity; teamwork skills; works well with others; participates in all assigned tasks; and personal management skills: positive attitude and behaviour, time management and responsibility, adaptability, willingness to learn, workplace safety, and deportment. The applied learning practicum courses are competency based and outline the expectations for increasing levels of competency from one course to the next. Successful demonstration of competencies is required for progression to subsequent applied learning practicum courses, professional licensing, and program completion. Documented participation in funeral and embalming procedures including first calls, transfers, preparation of documentation required for all modes of disposition, preparation of human remains for viewing and transfer, assisted arrangements, funeral arrangement conferences, pre-arrangements, set-ups for visitation, tribute services, funerals, memorial services, directing funerals and committals and all tasks as requested by the licensed mentor necessary in the provision of funeral services to client families at a beginner level and with increasing levels of competency. All procedures performed by the student are recorded and signed-off by the appropriate mentor/licensee in the Applied Learning Practicum handbook.

FUSV 7001 - Funeral Programs Orientation
Orientation for NSCC Funeral Programs.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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