Representatives from each states' licensing bureau belongs to the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. They write and administer the National Board Exam which tests people in thirteen different subjects. The Exam currently
consists of 350 question, half covering the Sciences and half over the Arts. Sciences include Chemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Anatomy, Restorative Art, and Embalming. The Arts include Sociology, Psychology/Counseling, Funeral Directing,
Merchandising, Accounting, Funeral Law and Business Law. Most states require a passing grade on this exam for licensure.
Students are required to take the National Board Exam (NBE) as a condition of passing FSE245 (Funeral Issues). If Spring term finishes prior to the student taking both halves of the NBE, the student will receive an Incomplete grade, and will
not be able to graduate until taking both halves of the NBE. Most states require that licensure applicants pass both halves of the NBE as a condition to practice funeral directing and embalming.
The FSE program at MHCC has traditionally had higher pass rates on the National Board Exam than the national pass rates.