Funeral Service Diploma

Funeral Service Diploma

The Funeral Service Diploma prepares you to be licensed as a Funeral Director and as an Embalmer.

Complete 19 courses (1,832 hours) through full-time or part-time studies.  Most courses are delivered online.

Full-time
Full-time students can complete the Diploma in as little as 12 months.

Part-time
As a part-time student, you can choose to take as many or as few courses per semester as fits your schedule.  Part-time students have up to 6 years to complete the program.
 

Step by Step Registration Guide:

  1. Look up courses via MyMRU> Register & Pay> Look up Courses
  2. Search by term (e.g.  Fall 2017 CREDIT or Winter 2018 CREDIT) and then Submit
  3. Select the subject:  e.g. Funeral Service and then Course Search. Tip: You can choose multiple subjects by holding CTRL while selecting each subject.
  4. Find the course name and number (e.g. XFDC 10001) and click on View Sections.  All of the scheduled sections in the term will display.  If there is a tutorial or laboratory connected to the lecture, there will be a note. 
  5. Select your courses for the semester and Submit.

 

Program Planning Guide

Please see the attached guide(s) to help you with program planning. Review Practicum and Work Experience information for your program.

Click here for Course Descriptions

SemesterCoursesHoursDelivery
Semester #1 Funeral Directing I
Embalming Theory I
Anatomy & Physiology
Psychology of Death and Dying
Introduction to Conflict Resolution
*Embalming Practicum
48
48
64
48
15
86

Online
Online
Online
Online
Online
Lab

Semester #2 Funeral Directing II
Embalming Theory II
Chemistry
Restorative Art I
Negotiating with Integrity
Business Communication
Embalming Practicum (continued)
48
48
48
16
15
48
Online
Online
Online
Online
Online
Online
Semester #3 & #4 Funeral Directing III
*Restorative Art II
Microbiology
Business Strategies
Funeral Trends & Regulations
Embalming Practicum (continued)
32
20
48
48
48
32
Online
Online
Classroom
Online
Online
Online
Any SemesterWork Experience I
Work Experience II
320
800
Funeral Home
Funeral Home
Total Hours 1,832 

Note: Schedule is subject to change.
*Courses will be taken at Intensive Institute for out of town students in Spring.

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  • Plan, arrange and direct funeral ceremonies.
  • Be considerate of and respond to various religious and cultural traditions associated with death.
  • Interpret and apply various acts and regulations which govern the funeral service profession in Alberta.
  • Communicate and work effectively with families, government, health and legal agencies.
  • Practice the companioning aspect of caregiving.
  • Demonstrate reconstruction and restorative art techniques.
  • Complete the embalming process with appropriate infection control procedures.
  • Document the arterial injection embalming of up to 50 individual cases through an embalming log.

Contact us

For more information about this program:
fde@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6867 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6