• Funeral Service Education Admission Details

  • Thank you for your interest in the Funeral Service Education (FSE) program. The FSE program is limited entry. You must meet certain criteria before you apply. Applicants are selected through a point-based system. The program admits students every fall term as either first-year or second-year student status.  Students of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, physical abilities, and cognitive differences are Welcome, добро пожаловать! Bienvenido! ยินดีต้อนรับ!

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    Admission Requirements

    To apply for fall term 2024 admission, you must meet the requirements below by the deadline date of April 5, 2024.  The program accepts 20 first-year students per year and second-year students as space allows.  Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

    1. Driver's License

    Provide your current driver's license information on your application form. Funeral homes require that interns, apprentices and licensees possess a valid driver's license. Lack of a valid license or driving-related convictions are reasons a funeral home may not hire an applicant.

    2. Resume

    Upload a current resume to submit with your application. 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 to receive additional application points. If you do not have funeral service related work experience, documentation is not required. For assistance with your resume, contact the Career Planning and Counseling Center at 503-491-7432.

    3. Related Work Experience Verification Letter (optional)

    Priority consideration and point awarding is given to applicants who have an apprenticeship or related work experience. All verification documents must be on company letterhead, signed by supervisor/apprenticeship supervisor, and uploaded to the application. Related work experience includes:

    • Registered apprenticeship (in those states where it is permitted by law).
    • Work experience in which the applicant is exposed to matters related to dying and/or death (examples: removals, embalming, work in a funeral home, C.N.A, C.M.A., etc.). 

    4. Prerequisite Courses

    To Apply as a First-Year Student:

    You must meet the prerequisites outlined below by one of the options listed.

    Subject OPTION 1
    Placement Scores into 
    OPTION 2
    Completion of 
    Writing WR115 or higher WR090 or higher with a "C" grade or higher
    Math MTH060/MTH058 or higher

    MTH020 or higher with a "C" grade or higher

    For placement scores, you may use the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT), Smarter Balanced, grade point average (GPA)/high school records or general education development (GED) scores for meeting the prerequisites requirements. CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 4/5/19.

    To Apply as a Second-Year Student:

    Selection as a second-year student is based upon points awarded for the above items plus points for the number of general education courses completed from the list below by the application deadline. Transfer coursework used to fulfill second year program entrance requirements must be a direct equivalent to the MHCC courses list 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. You can verify transfer equivalency by running a degree audit after your transcript evaluation is complete.

    Second-year applicants must complete all courses listed below with a “C” grade or higher by the end of summer term, August 2024.  Courses with “Z” at the end are equivalent to the same course without the “Z”. For in progress courses not taken at MHCC, official transcripts showing grades earned must be received on or before September 6, 2024.

    If you are accepted as a second-year student but do not complete ALL the required courses, your acceptance may be revoked, and you will need to reapply the following academic year. Alternatively, you may be considered for a first-year student position if a seat becomes available. 

    • AC110 General Accounting I (BA211 Principles of Accounting I 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 
    • PSY201 General Psychology OR PSY202 General Psychology
    • COMM100Z Basic Speech Communication OR COMM111Z Fundamentals of Public Speaking OR COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication OR COMM218Z Interpersonal Communication OR COMM219 Small Group Communications OR PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
    • WR121Z English Composition

    5. Transcripts

    Applicants that have not 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 must submit a high school or GED transcript. The high school transcript must show a graduation date and the GED transcript must show an overall "Pass" score. If you took your GED test at MHCC, you must still submit your official GED transcript. Visit GED Testing Services to obtain your official GED transcript.

    Applicants receive points for college-level credits earned. 

    Point Award System

    College Course Work Completed
    Credit Hours Completed Points
    15 - 30 1
    31 - 45 2
    46 - 60 3
    60+ 4
    Previous Degrees (Award for Highest Degree Received Only)
    Degree Points
    Associates 2
    Bachelors 3
    Masters 4
    PHD 5
    Location / Region
    Region Points
    Oregon 5
    Washington 3
    Idaho 3
    Montana 3
    Other 2
    Related Employment Minimum Three (3) Months Experience to Receive Points Points
    FSE Apprenticeship/Internship 10
    FSE directly related employment (removals, embalming etc.) 8
    Non-FSE health-related experience (Assisted Living, EMT, CNA, CMA, etc.) 5
    General customer service experience 3
    Bonus points for letter signed by supervisor (for top three categories listed above only, not for general customer service) 2
    FSE Related Volunteer Experience/Shadowing
    Supporting Document Required to Receive Point, No Time Limit
    FSE Related Volunteer Experience/Shadowing 1
    Second-Year Applicant Coursework Completed
    Point Category Not Applicable to First-Year Applicants
    10 First Year Required Courses 5
    5-9 First Year Required Courses 3
    1-4 First Year Required Courses 1