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The McAllister School of Embalming, founded in 1926, was one of five funeral service schools in New York City in the early twentieth century. Three of the funeral institutions closed following the conclusion of World War II. The two remaining, McAllister School and The American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research merged in 1964, creating the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. Today, AAMI, a private, not-for-profit, two-year institute, remains the only funeral service school in New York City.
The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service offers on-campus and online Associate’s degrees. The on-campus program allows students to complete degrees in 12 or 16 months. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students participate in hands-on learning through labs and clinicals, held in conjunction with Bellevue Medical Center. Online students complete similar fields of study, and then complete a two-week Capstone clinical at the AAMI campus and Bellevue Hospital. Students engage with peers and faculty via discussion boards and email. In addition, AAMI supports a Continuing Education division that offers on-going programs and courses to enhance the skill sets of funeral service professionals.
American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
At this time, international students are not accepted into the online program.
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