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Funeral Service Education
Restricted Entry,
Associate of Applied Science Degree ProgramCareer Pathways

Catalog Year 2015-2016*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Doug Ferrin: 503-491-6940
Room AC 1555
Doug.Ferrin@mhcc.edu  

Accreditation
The Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org.

Program Aims, Objectives and Outcomes
Aims of the Funeral Service Program at MHCC

The Funeral Service Program at MHCC has as its central aim the recognition of the importance of funeral service personnel as

  • Members of a human services profession;
  • Members of the community in which they serve;
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice;
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety and welfare in caring for human remains;
  • Professionals who are empowered to provide compassionate and professional care of the deceased and of the bereaved.

Objectives of the Funeral Service Program at MHCC  

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service, and to help enable them to develop the proficiency and skills necessary for the profession;
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  • To provide a curriculum at a post-secondary level of instruction;
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Perform embalming at a basic level of proficiency
  • Perform funeral directing at a basic level of proficiency
  • Discuss the history and current trends in the funeral service profession
  • Demonstrate the proficiency and skills needed to function as an entry-level funeral services professional
  • Demonstrate responsibilities of the funeral service profession
  • Demonstrate high standards of moral conduct in all funeral service settings
  • Apply cognitive knowledge and demonstrate professional behavior and psychomotor skills required to function effectively in the funeral service industry
  • Perform research in the funeral service industry
  • Become life-long learners

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service offered by Mt. Hood Community College can be earned by following a prescribed course of instruction which requires six quarters in residence. Transferring all non-FSE classes from accredited institutions may allow a student to complete his/her professional coursework in a three-quarter sequence, beginning each fall quarter.

In addition to completing all required coursework, students must take the National Board Examination, as written and administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB), in order to order to graduate from the program.

National Board Examination scores, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org . To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to the Funeral Service Program Office, Room AC1554, or by email at Doug.Ferrin@mhcc.edu or by telephone, 503-491-6940.

Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Application packets are available on our website at mhcc.edu/LRadmissions. Once you have read the application materials, if you have questions about the admission process, you can call 503-491-7165. Application deadline is late in December.

Note: All Funeral Science Education degree requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

MHCC National Board Passage Rate Exhibit  

Year # Taking Science Half # Passing Science Half % Passing Science Half # Taking Arts Half % Passing Arts Half % Passing Arts Half % Passing both halves
2004
22
20
91
22
21
95
91
2005
23
17
74
23
20
87
70
2006
27
24
89
27
23
85
78
2007
27
23
85
27
25
93
85
2008
26
25
96
26
26
100
96
2009
14
11
79
14
12
86
79
2010
20
18
90
20
17
85
*
2011
29
24
83
29
22
76
*
2012
23
23
100
23
22
96
*
2013
19
19
100
19
18
95
*
2014
24
24
100%
24
23
96
*
First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
FSE121   Funeral Service Orientation
3
AH110   Medical Language for Healthcare Settings or
MO114 Medical Terminology I
2-3
CIS120
Computer Concepts I and CIS120L Computer Concepts I Lab or
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing or
BA231
Information Technology in Business
4
HPE295   Health and Fitness For Life or
HE250 Personal Health or
HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies
3
WR121   English Composition
4
16-17  
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
FSE122   Funeral Service Sociology
3
BA226   Introduction to Business Law
4
BI100   Survey of Body Systems or
BI121
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I or
BI231
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
4
MTH065   Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1  
4
PSY201   General Psychology
4
19  
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
FSE124   Funeral Service Law
3
AC110   General Accounting I or
BA211 Principles of Accounting I
4
CH103   Chemistry for Allied Health or
CH104 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
5
SP100   Basic Speech Communication or
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or
SP218 Interpersonal Communication or
SP219 Small Group Communications or
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
3-4
15-16  
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
FSE211   Embalming I
4
FSE219   Funeral Services Chemistry
3
FSE221   Funeral Home Management I
3
FSE225   Funeral Directing
3
13  
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
FSE212   Embalming II
4
FSE214   Restorative Art
3
FSE216   Funeral Services Microbiology or
BI234
Microbiology
3-4
FSE222   Funeral Home Management II
3
FSE227   Funeral Service Counseling
3
16-17  
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
FSE213   Embalming III
3
FSE217   Funeral Service Pathology
3
FSE240   Funeral Service Internship5  
6
FSE245   Funeral Service Issues
3
15  
Total Credits 94-97  

1 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.) MTH065 must be taken prior to or concurrently with CH103.
2All first-year non-FSE coursework must be completed prior to entering the fourth quarter of the program.
3Students may elect to take the internship for three credits (FSE240A) in any two terms, summer, fall, winter or spring.

Note: While graduation from high school is not required for admission to the college, national accreditation standards require that a high school diploma or the equivalent be on file before the student can be admitted to the Funeral Service Education program. Fifteen college-level credits may be substituted for this requirement.

Criteria for selecting students give priority to those applicants who have apprentice experience. Somewhat less priority is given to those with related work experience. Other criteria give priority to applicants from Oregon, then slightly less priority for Washington, Idaho and Montana applicants. All other states are treated equally. Students from California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Washington automatically pay in-state tuition.

More information is available, including the FSE student handbook at mhcc.edu/FuneralServiceEducation/.

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