PIMS Distance Education students, while working through the program, are required to complete a minimum of 30 clinical embalming assignments either at a local funeral home of their choice or on PIMS’ campus.

The process is as follows:

The student will, upon acceptance and after completion of both the Anatomy and Embalming Orientation, inform PIMS where they are planning to complete their embalming labs.  More specifically, the student has the option to locate a local funeral home and a licensed Funeral Director that agrees to be a employer/ preceptor for the student.  In lieu of this arrangement the student can decide to complete their 30 embalming assignments at PIMS. Students do not receive academic credit for this clinical time but it is a requirement for graduation and a requirement of our accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

If the student decides to complete the embalming assignments at a local funeral home, a Funeral Home Affiliation/Clinical Preceptor Agreement Package is sent to the student for completion by both the student and the Funeral Director/preceptor. This packet reviews the obligations of PIMS, the preceptor and the student trainee. There is also a document that has to be completed and signed, acknowledging the information has been received, read and certifying all federal, state and local laws will be followed.

A short visit to the selected funeral home by a PIMS qualified representative is required by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. The fee for this visit is $650.00 but the fee is waived if the student completes embalmings at PIMS.

Prior to completion of the program, the student will make a visit to PIMS’ campus to complete at least one more embalming assignment with one of the licensed professionals at PIMS; certification of entry level skills in the preparation room are completed at this time.