Mortuary Science

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Mortuary Science

DMACC Mortuary Science Preceptor Training

I. Clinical and Practicum

     A. Similarities between Clinical, Practicum and Internship

     1. All take place in a licensed funeral home

     2. All involve students / graduates observing or working in a

    real world environment

     B. Differences

     1. Clinical classes are held beginning in the student’s first or

    second semester and focuses on Embalming skills

     2. Practicum is the last course a student will take as part of the

    program and includes embalming and funeral directing

    3. Internships are for graduates who have passed the National

    Board Exam and been approved by the State Board

    C. Clinical and Practicum Requirements

     1. Location is at Approved Clinical/Practicum Site

    2. Supervision is by a faculty member and/or a Preceptor

    3. Time Requirements

     a. Embalming Clinical is 3 hours per week (2 semesters)

     b. Practicum is 200 hours over 5-6 weeks

    D. Clinical and Practicum Expectations

     1. DMACC will provide OSHA Training to the students

    2. DMACC will document that all students either have started

    the Hepatitis B Vaccination series or has a signed declination

    3. Students have been given a Handbook that describes the

    expected behavior when the student arrives at the funeral

    home. A copy of the Student Handbook is found online at

     E. Clinical and Practicum Documentation

    1. Students have been given copies of the reports

    Additionally the reports may be found on the

    Mortuary Science Program Website

    a. Embalming Report

    b. Restorative Art Report

    c. Funeral Directing Report

F. Clinical Activities

    1. Primary Activities of the student:

    a. Observe / Assist with Embalming in the presence of a

    licensed funeral director / faculty / preceptor

    (At least 10 cases per semester)

    (At least 1 without other students present)

    b. Observe / Assist Cosmetizing, Dressing & Casketing

    (At least 5 cases during Restorative Art)

    2. Secondary Activities of the student:

    a. Observe / Assist preparing decedent for cremation

    b. Observe / Assist with placing a decedent into a state

    room for visitation

    c. Assist on the Transfer of remains to the funeral home

    3. Other Activities of the student which may be completed if

    there are no primary or secondary activities for the day:

     G. Practicum Activities

     1. Assist with Embalming 5 cases in the direct physical

    presence of a licensed preceptor

    2. Assist with 5 Funeral Services in the direct physical presence

    of a licensed preceptor

    3. Observe 2 arrangement conferences

     During the conference the student will be recording the

    information on the standard arrangement form used by the

    funeral home

     4. Make 2 Removals

     H. DMACC On-Campus Practicum Activities

     1. Complete the steps for licensure

     2. Attend a 3-day National Board Review

    3. Take the National Board Exam as a condition of Graduation

DMACC Mortuary Science Preceptor Training

II. Iowa Internship

     A. Iowa Education/Examination Requirements

     1. Applicant must complete all educational requirements to be

    approved for internship

     a. 60 college credit hours excluding mortuary science

     b. Graduation from an American Board of Funeral

    Service Education Accredited program

     c. Beginning July 1, 2007 complete a course in Iowa law

    3. Pass National Board Exam (arts and sciences)

    B. Iowa Internship Application

     1. Found on a link from the BMSE website

     2. Contains following portions:

     a. Licensure Application

     b. Internship Application - Intern and Preceptor must

    complete portions of the application

    C. Iowa Internship Documentation

     1. Embalming Case Report

    2. Funeral Directing Case Report

    3. Summary Reports

    4. Evaluations sent by the Board

D. Iowa Internship Requirements

     1. Internship Requirements are found in Chapter 645 101.5

    of the Professional Licensure Rules

     (Linked from the BMSE Website)

     2. Internship is 1-year of full-time employment

    3. Internship does not begin until the Intern Certificate is


    4. Intern Certificate must be posted

    5. A funeral home doing 100 calls per year or less may only

    employ 1 intern

    6. A funeral home doing more than 100 calls per year may

    employ no more than 2 interns

    7. Intern is under the direct supervision of a BMSE Certified


    8. Intern must complete 25 embalming reports

    9. Intern must complete 25 funeral directing reports

    10. First 5 of each must be in the physical presence of preceptor

    11. 12 of each must be completed by the 6-month evaluation

    DMACC Mortuary Science Preceptor Training

    III. Iowa Preceptors

     A. Iowa Preceptor Requirements

     1. Preceptor Requirements are found in Chapter 645 101.5 of

    the Professional Licensure Rules

     Linked from the BMSE Website

     B. Iowa Preceptor Requirements

    1. Must be an Iowa licensed funeral director who has been in

    good standing with the Board for a minimum of 5 years

    2. Funeral director must be affiliated with a funeral home in

    good standing for 5 years

    3. Complete a board approved Preceptor Training within the

    past 5 years, though the training alone does not certify you

    as a preceptor in Iowa

    a. BMSE must approve intern preceptors

    C. Iowa Preceptor Duties

    1. Preceptors shall be physically present with interns during the

    first 5 embalming cases and the first 5 funeral cases.

    2. Preceptors shall be physically present with a student at all


    3. Mentor the intern in the areas listed on the outline provided

    by the Board office

    4. Read and sign all case reports

    5. Complete 6-month/12-month evaluations

    D. What if I go on Vacation?

    Rule Chapter 645-101.5 (2) i

    This rule allows for the intern to work under another licensed

    funeral director in the event of vacation or illness, but the name of

    the backup should be provided on the intern application

    DMACC Mortuary Science Preceptor Training

    IV. Iowa / DMACC Preceptor Checklist

    A. DMACC Practicum Preceptors

    1. Prior to Beginning a Practicum

     a. Complete BMSE Preceptor Training

     b. Complete DMACC Preceptor Training

    (This Training Series meets both BMSE & DMACC


    (For Funeral Directors working with programs other than

    DMACC, you need to contact the program and ask how you

    can complete their training.)

    c. Complete DMACC Affiliation Agreements

    d. Provide Tour of Funeral Home to certify safe


    e. Verification of licensure and good standing of the

    funeral director and funeral home

    f. Verification of Preceptor Training

    2. During the Practicum

    a. Mentor Students in proper funeral directing

    procedures and provide opportunities for the student

    to observe/assist with funerals, arrangement

    conferences and embalming cases

    b. Sign Embalming and Funeral Directing Case Reports

     B. Intern Preceptors

    1. Prior to Internship

     a. Complete BMSE Preceptor Training

    b. Apply as a Preceptor part of the intern application

     2. During the Internship

    a. Mentor Students in proper funeral directing


     b. Read and Sign the Embalming and Funeral Directing

    Case Reports

    c. Complete the 6-month Evaluation

    d. Complete the 12-month Evaluation

    DMACC Mortuary Science Preceptor Training Human Resources

    I. Importance of Human Resource Management

     A. Major Resource of Funeral Service

     B. Major Expense Category

II. Employee Recruitment

    A. Where to find Interns / Funeral Directors

     1. DMACC

     2. State Associations

     3. Suppliers

     4. Find a person and mentor them through school

    DMACC Mortuary Science Preceptor Training Human Resources

III. Employment concerns

     A. Employers / Employees must live up to Promises

    B. Employer-Employee Relations

    1. Conditions of employment

    a. Work schedule

    b. Absentee policy

     2. Compensation

     a. Salary

     b. Benefits

     c. Overtime

     d. Holidays

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