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Funeral Service Education
Restricted Entry,
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2013-2014*

*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 Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service 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 . Transfer courses from an accredited college or university may apply against comparable courses offered in the curriculum.

The degree 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 course work 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 graduate from the program.

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABSFE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website: www.abfse.org.

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  

1Please refer to this program’s MHCC Web page for results from prior years’ data.
2 The percent passing both halves of the National Board Exam is no longer calculated.

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 www.mhcc.edu/LRadmissions. Once you have read the application materials, if you have questions about the admission process, you can call 503-491-7220. Application deadline is in February.

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

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
FSE121 Funeral Service Orientation 3
AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings or
MO114 Medical Terminology I
2-3
CIS120
CIS120L
Computing Fundamentals/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)
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)
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) 2, 3
FSE211 Embalming I 4
FSE219 Funeral Services Chemistry 3
FSE221 Funeral Home Management I 3
FSE225 Funeral Directing 3
13
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
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)
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 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement. MTH065 must be taken prior to or concurrently with CH103.
2 Students must achieve a 2.0 or better grade-point average for acceptance into fourth quarter. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all FSE courses.
3 All first-year non-FSE coursework must be completed prior to entering the fourth quarter of the program.
4 Students 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. 15 college-level credits may be substituted for this requirement.

Criteria for selecting students gives 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 www.mhcc.edu/programs

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