John A. Gupton College - Nashville, TN

Course Descriptions

General Education

Accounting 2033AC and 2033ACO* Principles of Accounting – 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental principles of accounting and their applications. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.


Natural Sciences

Anatomy 1014AN Human Anatomy and Physiology – 4 Credit Hours

A lecture and laboratory course designed to give the student a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology with emphasis upon the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, vascular, digestive, respiratory, execretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Acid base and fluid electrolyte balance are also considered. Lecture 3 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

Chemistry 2033CH General Chemistry – 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the fundamentals of General Chemistry including both inorganic and organic chemistry. The structure of matter and general chemical reactions are considered. The basic chemistry of life and the environment are also of concern. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

Microbiology 1023MI Microbiology – 3 Credit Hours

A lecture and laboratory course designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of microorganisms and with special emphasis on their distribution, physiology, control, and importance in public health and immunology. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.

Pathology 2032PA General and Special Pathology – 2 Credit Hours

A general approach to the nature of diseases, the pathogenic mechanisms involved in their development, and the defense and regenerative mechanisms of the host will be presented, followed by a consideration of the major diseases of the individual organ systems.


Humanities

English 2133EN and 2133ENO* English Composition I – 3 Credit Hours

The study of composition and reading with emphasis upon the structuring of the essay.

English 2243ENO and 2243ENO* English Composition and Literature II – 3 Credit Hours

The writing of critical essays in connection with the study of fiction, poetry, and drama. Prerequisite: English 2133 (or by permission of instructor)

Speech 2043SPO and 2043SPO*Fundamentals of Speech – 3 Credit Hours

The study of the fundamental principles of effective oral communication. Attention is given to the selection, organization, and presentations of materials, ideas, concepts, etc.


Mathematics

Mathematics 2043MAO and 2043MAO*Fundamentals of Mathematics – 3 Credit Hours

This course includes a discussion of the real number system; consumer mathematics, algebra, problem solving, statistics, and including a computer application component. Emphasis will also be placed upon the use of the calculator.


Social/Behavioral Science

Psychology 1013PS General Psychology – 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the principles of General Psychology. This course will also examine the process of human behavior with emphasis on development, individual differences, and adjustments.

*Denotes an online course


Professional Education

Associate of Arts Degree

Introduction to Funeral Service Education 1001FS – 1 Credit Hour

This course provides a comprehensive review of the science of Cremation including legal considerations and best practices. This course also includes a history of Funeral Service and a Funeral Service Computer component.

Funeral Service 1011FS Ethics of Funeral Service – 1 Credit Hour

A study of individual, personal, and professional funeral service ethics.

Funeral Service 1013FS Business and Mortuary Law – 3 Credit Hours

A study of the United States legal system including contracts, sales, property (real and personal), court systems, Uniform Commercial Code, agency partnerships, corporations, trusts, decedent estates, governmental regulation by agencies of the U. S. and state government. Special consideration is given to Legal and Regulatory Law as pertains to funeral service.

Funeral Service 1023FC Funeral Service Counseling – 3 Credit Hours

A psychological-sociological approach to the counseling role of the funeral service professional. Special emphasis is given to the grief process and it’s multicultural context.

Funeral Service 1023FD Funeral Directing – 3 Credit Hours

An exercise in the implementation, planning, and directing of the funeral with respect to sociological, psychological, and theological concerns.

Funeral Service 2132FG Management – 2 Credit Hours

A study of the details of funeral home management with special attention on the management of a small business.

Funeral Service 2232FK Marketing – 2 Credit Hours

A study of the details of funeral home marketing, merchandising, and computer applications.

Funeral Service 2542FS Professional Practicum – 2 Credit Hour

An externship providing the opportunity for an overview and participation in funeral service practice under the direction of a licensed preceptor in an assigned funeral home. Prerequisite: By permission of the director of Funeral Services Education.

Comprehensive Review 2543CR – 3 Credit Hours

A comprehensive review of the courses covered by the National Board Examination. The course requires satisfactory completion of exams in each subject area as well as a score of 80% in the General Education and Professional Education, and completion of the Practice National Board Examination. The course requires satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.

Mortuary Science 1113MS Embalming I – 3 Credit Hours

An in-depth look at the history and purpose as an aid to the appreciation of the art and science of embalming, including a review of the phenomenon of death along with the introduction to the preparation room and instruments. Lecture 3 hours.

Mortuary Science 1223MS Embalming II – 3 Credit Hours

A post-introductory integration of basic principles of the embalming operation into an applied understanding of specialized diagnostic procedures. Included are anatomical, chemical, and pathological discussions. Prerequisite: Mortuary Science 1112. Lecture 3 hours

Mortuary Science Clinical 1011MS, 1021MS, 1031MS – 1 Credit Hour

This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic first call mortuary operation and to offer the student an opportunity to assist in the preparation of dead human remains. The student is encouraged to use the experience as an arena in which the theory acquired in the classroom can be applied in actual mortuary procedures. Special emphasis is given to the local, state, and federal regulations relative to the care of dead human remains.

Restorative Art 1023RA Restorative Art – 3 Credit Hours

A detailed study of the human face and color theory including an application of acquired principles through basic skill building exercises involving wax modeling and cosmetic application. Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours.


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Funeral Service Anatomy 103FSA – Credit 3 Hours

A course designed to give the student a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology with emphasis upon the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, vascular, digestive, respiratory, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Funeral Service Chemistry 232FSC – Credit 2 Hours

An introduction to the fundamentals of General Chemistry including both inorganic and organic chemistry. General Chemistry is used as a basis for embalming chemistry. This includes the chemical components of embalming fluids and their respective functions.

Public Health 123FSH – Credit 3 Hours

A course designed to provide the student with basic understanding of microorganisms and with special emphasis on their distribution, physiology, control and importance in public health and immunology. This includes a general approach to the nature of diseases, the pathogenic mechanisms involved in their development, and a consideration of the major diseases of the individual organ systems.

Funeral Service Psychology 103FSP –  Credit 3 Hours

An introduction to the principles of general psychology and how they apply to funeral service. The course will prepare the student to understand the psychological needs of the bereaved and the value of the funeral rite for participants.

Introduction to Funeral Service Education 101FSE – Credit 1 Hour

This course provides a comprehensive review of the science of Cremation including legal considerations and best practices. This course also includes a History of Funeral Service component.

Funeral Service Law and Ethics 104FSL – Credit 4 Hours

A study of the legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations of the law as it pertains to business and funeral service including contracts, sales, property, partnerships trusts and regulations.

Funeral Service Counseling 123FSC – Credit 3 Hours

A psychological-sociological approach to the counseling role of the funeral service professional. Special emphasis is given to the grief process and its multicultural context.

Funeral Service Directing – 123FSD – Credit 3 Hours

An exercise in the implementation, planning, and directing of the funeral with respect to sociological, psychological, and theological concerns.

Funeral Service Management 232FSG – Credit 2 Hours

A study of the details of funeral home management with special attention on the management of small business.

Funeral Service Marketing 232FSK – Credit 2 Hours

A study of the details of funeral home marketing and merchandising strategies with emphasis on community outreach.

Funeral Service Digital Marketing  233FSD – Credit 3 Hours

The study of digital marketing of goods and services via the internet from public relations to electronic commerce of funeral service. The course of study involves the integration of social media marketing.

Professional Practicum 242FSP – Credit 2 Hours

An externship providing the opportunity for an overview and participation in funeral service practice under the direction of a licensed preceptor in an assigned funeral home. Prerequisite: By permission of the Director of Funeral Service Education.

Comprehensive Review 243FSC – Credit 3 Hours

A comprehensive review of the courses covered by the National Board Examination. The course requires satisfactory completion of exams in each subject area. Students are required to achieve a score of 80% in the General Education and Professional Education sections as well as completion of the Practice National Board Examination.

Mortuary Science Embalming I 103MSE – Credit 3 Hours

An in-depth look at the history and purpose as an aid to appreciation of the art and science of embalming, including a review of the phenomenon of death along with the introduction to the preparation room and instruments.

Mortuary Science Embalming II 123MSE – Credit 3 Hours

A post introductory integration of basic principles of the embalming operation into an applied understanding of specialize diagnostic procedures. Included are anatomical, chemical, and pathological discussions. Prerequisite: Mortuary Science Embalming I 103

Mortuary Science Clinical 242MSC – Credit 2 Hours

This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic mortuary operation and to offer the student an opportunity to assist in the preparation of dead human remains. The student is encouraged to use the experience as an arena in which the theory acquired in the classroom can be applied in actual mortuary procedures. Special emphasis is given to the local, state, and federal regulations relative to the care of the dead human remains.

Restorative Art 123FSR – Credit 3 Hours

A detailed study of the human face and color theory including and application of acquired principles through basic skill building exercises involving wax modeling and cosmetic application. Lecture 2 Hours, Laboratory 2 Hours


Funeral Director Certificate

Funeral Service Science 124FS – 4 Credit Hours

An integration of personal and community health as it relates to public health concerns, the nature of diseases, pathological and mortuary science considerations.

Introduction to Funeral Directing 114FD – 4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the field of funeral service including history, licensure requirement, cremation, and the implementation, planning and directing of the funeral.

Funeral Service Management 112FG – 2 Credit Hours

A study of funeral home management with special attention on the management of a small business.

Law and Ethics 114FSL – 4 Credit Hours

A study of the legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations of the law as it pertained to business and funeral service including contracts, sales, property, partnerships, trusts and regulations.

Funeral Service Counseling 123FSC – 3 Credit Hours

A psychological- sociological approach to the counseling role of the funeral professional. Special emphasis is given to the grief process and its multicultural context.

Funeral Service Marketing 122FK – 2 Credit Hours

A study of funeral home marketing and merchandising strategies with emphasis on community outreach.

Funeral Service Psychology 103FSP –  Credit 3 Hours

An introduction to the principles of general psychology and how they apply to funeral service. The course will prepare the student to understand the psychological needs of the bereaved and the value of the funeral rite for participants.

Comprehensive Review 121CR – 1 Credit Hour

A review of the courses covered by the State Board Examination. Satisfactory completion of exams in each subject area as well as an overall score of 80% on the Arts Comprehensive Exam and completion of the Art Practice National Board Exam.

F.S. Practicum 2541FP- 1 Credit Hour

An externship providing the opportunity for an overview and participation in funeral service practice under the direction of a licensed preceptor in an assigned funeral home. Prerequisite: By permission of the Director of Funeral Service Education.


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