• Funeral Service Education Admission Details


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    The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall term 2021 admission. It is provided as an example to guide potential applicants on the admission process and application requirements which may be subject to change as program criteria can change for each new application year.

    As members of a human service profession and community members, Funeral personnel must be sensitive to their responsibilities to bereaved families, to human remains, and to public safety, health and welfare. Funeral personnel must  know and comply with federal, state and local guidelines regarding the scope of their practice.

    Every state has different requirements. Generally, states require a one or two year apprentice or intern period, before or after graduating from an accredited funeral service program. Most states require an associate degree in Funeral Service in addition to the apprenticeship and successful passing of the National Board and state law examinations in order to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

    The entry level funeral service professionals earn wages roughly equivalent to a first year public school teacher. This amount will vary depending on the volume of business, the local economy, and the qualities and skills of the individual.

    Admission to the Program

    Requirements to Apply as a First-Year Student

    The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall 2021 admission. To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the requirements described below by the application deadline of April 2, 2021. Courses must be completed with a "C" grade or better.

    1. High School Transcript/GED: Official (sealed in an envelope) High School Transcript showing graduation date or GED Transcript showing an overall "Pass" score. Applicants who took their GED test at MHCC must still submit their official GED transcript. Applicants can obtain their official GED transcript from www.ged.com. The high school/GED requirement will be waived if you have completed 9 semester credits or 13.5 quarter credits of college level courses (excluding developmental courses) from a regionally accredited school, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
    2. College Transcripts: Submit official (sealed in an envelope or via secure electronic delivery service) college transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions. Applicants receive points for college-level credits earned. 
    3. Minimum Prerequisite Requirement: Applicants must meet the prerequisites outlined below by one of the options listed. (Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Funeral Service Education program will temporarily accept self-directed placement for meeting the writing placement requirement. Please contact Testing Services at testing@mhcc.edu for details.) See specific guidelines at the bottom of the page for each option.
    4. Subject OPTION 1
      Placement Scores into*
      OPTION 2
      Completion of **
      Writing WR115 WR090 or higher with a "C" grade or better
      Math MTH060/MTH058

      Note: MTH058 from PCC is not equivalent to MTH058 at MHCC and does not meet the math requirement.  
      MTH020 or higher with a "C" grade or better
    5. Driver's License: The ability to drive is an essential skill for work in the field. Funeral homes require that interns, apprentices and licensees possess a valid driver's license. Funeral home personnel are covered under the company's insurance, and lack of a valid license or driving-related convictions are reasons a funeral home may not hire an applicant, or may terminate a current employee.
    6. Resume: All applicants must submit a resume. The resume should include both related and unrelated work experience along with any volunteer information and dates. Funeral Service related work experience examples include apprenticeship, body removal, embalming remains, employment in a funeral home, etc. If you have Funeral Service related work experience, provide documentation as noted below. If you do not have Funeral Service related work experience, documentation is not required.
    7. Letter from apprenticeship provider or related work experience signed by supervisor. Students without an apprenticeship or work related experience may still apply but priority consideration is given to applicants who have met this requirement.

       Apprenticeship or related work experience may be met in one of the following ways:

    • Registered apprenticeship (in those states where it is permitted by law). Students must submit verification of this apprenticeship on company letterhead signed by the apprenticeship supervisor.
    • Work experience in which the applicant is exposed to matters related to dying and/or death. Students must submit verification of this work experience on company letterhead signed by the supervisor.


    Requirements to Apply as a Second-Year Student

    You may apply for second year admission before completion of all first year classes listed below, but second year applicants must complete all the listed classes prior to the program start in Fall term 2021.

    Selection as a second year student is based upon points awarded for the above items plus the cumulative GPA points from the courses listed below. Non-MHCC students need to submit official transcript(s) and request a transcript evaluation. Evaluations can take up to six weeks, please plan ahead. Transfer coursework used to fulfill second year program entrance must be a direct equivalency to the MHCC courses list below. Students can verify transfer equivalency by running a degree audit after their transcript evaluation is complete.

    For acceptance as a SECOND year student, all courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better by the end of Summer term, August 2021. Updated official transcripts must be received on or before September 10, 2020.


    • AC110 General Accounting I (BA211 Principles of Accounting I if already completed may be substituted for AC110. However, AC110 is the recommended course to take.)
    • MO111 Medical Terminology
    • BI100 Survey of Body Systems OR BI121 Anatomy and Physiology I OR BI231 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • CH104 General Chemistry for Health Professions, OR CH151 Basic Chemistry OR CH221 General Chemistry
    • BA131 Introduction to Business Computing OR CIS120 & CIS120L Computer Concepts with Lab
    • Any HE, HPE or PE course (3 credits required for degree completion)
    • MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) OR MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning. Note: MTH058 from PCC is not equivalent to MTH058 at MHCC and does not meet the math requirement.
    • PSY201 General Psychology OR PSY202 General Psychology
    • COMM100 Basic Speech Communication OR COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking OR COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication OR COMM218 Interpersonal Communication OR COMM219 Small Group Communications OR PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
    • WR121 English Composition

    NOTICE TO SECOND YEAR STUDENTS — If you are accepted as a 2nd year student but do not complete the courses listed above, your acceptance may be revoked, and you will need to reapply the following academic year. Alternatively, you may be considered for a 1st year student position if a seat becomes available.

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    *OPTION 1 – Placement Scores

    • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment. For more information visit: https://www.mhcc.edu/TestingServices.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep.
    • CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 4/2/16.
    • Students may be able to use Smarter Balanced, GPA/high school records,  GED scores  or self-directed placement for meeting the academic skills requirements, see Course Placement Determination. For information about determining course placement, visit Testing Services or call 503-491-7591.

    ** OPTION 2 – Transcript Requirements 

    • Official transcripts from every regionally accredited college attended, regardless of program relevancy, program length, or age, must be included for an application to be complete. Applications will not be considered without all official transcripts on file at MHCC. Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly by the institution from which the course(s) were taken. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service are acceptable and may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu.
      • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required.
      • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
      • AP, CLEP or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for admission requirements and must be issued directly from College Board or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope. (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives)
      • Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using for admission requirements and must be evaluated by an outside credential service before the application deadline. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline for the program. For more information visit: www.mhcc.edu/internationaltranscript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and our process could take up to six weeks. it is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
      • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file.
    • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress) applicants do not need to submit another copy. Courses may be in progress at the time of the application submission but an updated transcript showing posted grades for all coursework for winter term must be received by the application deadline.