Application Requirements for Fall 2023
Priority Application Deadline: May 26, 2023
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Submit NSCC Online Application for Admission
Attend Mandatory Information Session
All applicants to the Funeral Service Program are required to attend a Mandatory Information Session. Mandatory Information Sessions will be held via Zoom. Each session lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Applicants must attend a session during the academic year or summer term prior to admission. Attendance will be recorded. Please sign up to attend a session below. Zoom links will be sent 24 hours ahead of the session.
UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSION:
Next Information Session for Fall 2023 Cohort- TBD
Upload High School Transcript or GED Score Report
Upload a copy of your high school transcript or GED score report to your NSCC's online application for admission.
*If you previously submitted a transcript or score report and attended classes within the past 5 years, then Enrollment likely has your high school transcript or GED score report on file. You can confirm by emailing: SelectiveAdmissions@northshore.edu
Upload a Word-Processed Essay
A word-processed essay must be uploaded to your NSCC's online application for admission for the year in which you are applying. Please compose an essay detailing your answer to the following questions:
What led you to an interest in the field of funeral service?
What do you feel you can contribute to this profession that is unique?
Why do you feel you would be a good candidate for the funeral services program at NSCC?
Submit Official Transcripts From All Colleges/Universities Previously Attended
All official transcripts from previously attended Colleges/Universities must be submitted directly to NSCC and uploaded by Admissions staff. If you have previously submitted transcripts and have since completed courses or are currently registered for courses, then you need to submit an updated transcript.
Transcripts may be sent in one of these ways:
Electronically, from your college(s) to NSCC at: SelectiveAdmissions@northshore.edu
North Shore Community College
Attn: Admissions/Health Programs
1 Ferncroft Rd.
Danvers, MA 01923
Submit a Detailed Resume
Submit a detailed resume with your NSCC's online application for admission including professional experience, volunteer experience, education, and professional organizations that you are a member of. Please include any funeral home experience, if applicable.
Submit a Letter of Recommendation
Applicants must submit ONE letter of recommendation. It is preferred that the letter be from a licensed funeral professional or similar field, if available. You will need to enter the name and email of your reference into your NSCC's online application for admission and a direct link to upload a letter of recommendation will be sent directly to them.
*Your application will not be complete and able to be submitted until this has been entered.
Demonstrate Math Proficiency
If you have demonstrated proficiency with your SAT scores or Accuplacer testing from another institution, please upload that document to your NSCC's online application for admission. If you have demonstrated proficiency with your high school GPA or with college level courses, this information will be updated upon review of your submitted materials.
Ways to demonstrate Math Proficiency >
*Students will be required to meet the prerequisites for CHE115 to remain on track in the program. CHE115 math prerequisites include Mathematics Proficiency AND one of the following:
NGQA 247 or above
CEAR 54 or above
PSAT Math 540 or higher
SATM 510 or above (if taken prior to 2016) or SATM 540 or above
ACT 22 or above
* High School GPA 2.7 or above (*Must be within 3 years post high school.)
MAT 091 or MAT 002 or MAT 061 or MAT 094 with a C or better
Math Module 8 or above.
Demonstrate Communications Proficiency
If you have demonstrated proficiency with your SAT scores or Accuplacer testing from another institution, please upload that document to NSCC's online application for admission. If you have demonstrated proficiency with your high school GPA or with college level courses, this will be updated upon review of your submitted materials.
For More Information
Faculty and Administration
Sarah A. Stopyra
Funeral Services Program Chair
978-762-4000 ext. 4251
Human Services Division
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North Shore Community College is an accredited public institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education.
The Funeral Service Associate in Applied Science degree program at North Shore Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816)233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org
National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at https://www.abfse.org/html/dir-ma.html.
CAUTION: Students applying for admission to NSCC Funeral Service Associate in Applied Science degree program should contact their respective state licensing agency regarding that state agency’s approval of this particular program of instruction.