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Restricted Entry,
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015*

*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

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:

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 . 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 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 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) Credits
FSE121 Funeral Service Orientation 3
AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings or
MO114 Medical Terminology I
Computing Fundamentals/Lab or
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing or
Information Technology in Business
HPE295 Health and Fitness For Life or
HE250 Personal Health or
HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies
WR121 English Composition 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
FSE122 Funeral Service Sociology 3
BA226 Introduction to Business Law 4
BI100 Survey of Body Systems or
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I or
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1   4
PSY201 General Psychology 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
FSE124 Funeral Service Law 3
AC110 General Accounting I or
BA211 Principles of Accounting I
CH103 Chemistry for Allied Health or
CH104 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
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
Fourth Quarter(Fall) 2
FSE211 Embalming I 4
FSE219 Funeral Services Chemistry 3
FSE221 Funeral Home Management I 3
FSE225 Funeral Directing 3
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
FSE212 Embalming II 4
FSE214 Restorative Art 3
FSE216 Funeral Services Microbiology or
FSE222 Funeral Home Management II 3
FSE227 Funeral Service Counseling 3
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
FSE213 Embalming III 3
FSE217 Funeral Service Pathology 3
FSE240 Funeral Service Internship5 6
FSE245 Funeral Service Issues 3
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

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