The Associate Degree program in Funeral Service, consisting of 3 or 4 semesters of instruction on campus, was developed in 1977. It offers balanced, comprehensive, academic training for future funeral service practitioners, enabling them to meet the needs of an increasingly more demanding and better-educated public. In 2006, AAMI began offering its Associate Degree Program online, providing students with greater flexibility in terms of time and location. The online program is the same as the campus program in terms of content, courses and requirements, differing only in the mode of delivery and the ability to study part-time.
AAMI is authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to award the Associate Degree in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) and is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. Funeral Service Education is not a static field; the past decade has witnessed the following: an increase in general education requirements; a minimum of an Associate Degree for licensure; and a broadening of the scope and content of the specialized education and training provided by funeral service colleges. Careful planning by the faculty provides a sound basic foundation for each course and integrates the various subjects into a unified program. Additional individuals, recognized as authorities in funeral service and its allied fields, are invited to address the student body, bringing a wealth of experiences from the profession to the classroom.
Prospective students should be prepared for a rigorous academic program in preparation for graduation and examination for professional licensure. Seriousness of purpose, combined with a committed application of each student’s prior educational foundation, is required for successful completion of AAMI’s program.
Campus classes are conducted five days per week between the hours of 8:50 AM and 4:00 PM. Applicants who require a more flexible schedule should consider the online program. The amount of time required to complete the degree requirements at AAMI depends upon the number of transfer credits, if any, completed by the student. Applicants with a minimum of 60 credits, an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution will be granted advanced standing and will have satisfied the 9-credit hour general education core. All transfer students eligible for this waiver must still complete the Professional Ethics and History of Funeral Service core requirements. (See Transfer Credit Policy for full explanation.) Typically, full-time campus students complete the program in 3 semesters (12 months) with transfer credit and 4 semesters (16 months) without transfer credits. An online student can complete the degree in less than 2 years by enrolling full-time or up to 4 years by enrolling part-time.
For complete information on the Associate Degree at AAMI, please refer to the current Catalog, posted to this website.
The courses listed below are arranged by semester, reflecting the sequence for campus-based classes.
Online students will complete the same courses, but will follow an individualized sequence and schedule of course.
First Semester Course Credits
GEN 101 Communication Skills* 2
SOC 102 Death & Human Development* 2
SOC 101 History of Funeral Service 2
GEN 102 Introduction to Science* 2
BUS 101 Principles of Mathematics* 3
LAW 101 Professional Ethics 1
Total Credits 12
* These courses are not taken by students who have been awarded 9 credits of transfer credit. Students awarded transfer credit have successfully completed at least 60 college credits or a degree. Students will be advised about the correct courses for their program. Students in the accelerated program complete 60 credits. Students in the traditional program complete 69 credits for the A.O.S. degree.
Second Semester Course Credits
GEN 211 Anatomy I 3
LAW 201 Business Law 2
SOC 201 Funeral Service Psychology & Counseling 3
BUS 201 Funeral Home Directing 2
GEN 212 Introduction to Microbiology 2
PHT 201 Principles of Embalming I 2
BUS 202 Small Business Management 2
SOC 202 Sociology of Funeral Service 1
Total Credits 17
Third Semester Course Credits
BUS 311 Accounting I 2
GEN 312 Anatomy II 2
BUS 312 Funeral Home Management & Merchandising 3
GEN 313 Introduction to Chemistry 2
GEN 311 Introduction to Pathology 2
PHT 312 Microbiology for Embalmers 3
PHT 301 Color and Cosmetics 2
PHT 313 Principles of Embalming II 2
BUS 313 Crematory & Cemetery Operations 3
Total Credits 21
Fourth Semester Course Credits
BUS 411 Accounting II 2
GEN 411 Anatomy III 2
PHT 411 Chemistry for Embalmers 2
PHT 412 Clinical Embalming 1
SOC 411 Comprehensive Review 2
LAW 411 Mortuary Law 2
PHT 413 Pathology for Embalmers 2
PHT 414 Principles of Embalming III 2
PHT 415 Restorative Art 3
LAW 412 State Rules & Reg 1
Total Credits 19
In accordance with educational guidelines established by the American Board of Funeral Service Education there are five areas of instruction provided;
- PUBLIC HEALTH AND TECHNICAL (PHT)
Principles of Embalming I; Color and Cosmetics; Microbiology for Embalmers; Principles of Embalming II; Chemistry for Embalmers; Clinical Embalming; Pathology for Embalmers; Principles of Embalming III; Restorative Art.
- SOCIAL SCIENCES (SOC)
History of Funeral Service, Death and Human Development, Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling, Sociology of Funeral Service, Comprehensive Review.
- BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BUS)
Principles of Mathematics, Funeral Home Directing, Small Business Management, Accounting I, Funeral Home Management and Merchandising, Accounting II, Crematory & Cemetery Operations.
- LEGAL, REGULATORY, AND ETHICAL (LAW)
Professional Ethics, Business Law; Mortuary Law; State Rules.
- GENERAL EDUCATION
Communication Skills, Introduction to Science, Anatomy I, Introduction to Microbiology, Introduction to Pathology, Anatomy II, Introduction to Chemistry, Anatomy III.
AAMI reserves the right to make any changes in hours, curriculum, etc., that may be deemed necessary or to change any course outlined in this catalog. Courses listed under the various programs are shown for course content only and do not constitute a student’s schedule.
Tuition and Fees
PLEASE NOTE THAT EFFECTIVE MAY 2017 AAMI WILL BE INCREASING THE PER CREDIT COST OF TUITION.
THE NEW RATE FOR ALL STUDENTS WILL BE $490 PER CREDIT. VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS CAN CONTACT THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE FOR FURTHER DETAILS
A prospective student should thoughtfully assess his/her individual financial readiness to pursue a course of study at AAMI. It is the responsibility of each student to be prepared for his/her financial obligation whether it is from private resources or financial aid. If a student intends to use financial aid as a means of payment of tuition, all applications and awards must be in place by the beginning of each semester.
Students whose accounts are in arrears will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters, be granted a degree, or be issued a transcript of academic record.
All tuition and fees are payable in advance of the beginning of each semester in accordance with the following schedule.
Application fee $50.00; non-refundable fee must accompany application
Matriculation fee $160.00; non-refundable fee payable within 2 weeks of notification that applicant is accepted; Matriculation Fee does not apply to Special Students.
Registration Fee (per semester) $10.00
Late tuition payment fee $75.00
Returned check fee $30.00
Graduation fee $175.00
Transcript fee $5.00
Late enrollment fee $75.00
Clinical Laboratory Fee $150.00
Fees Required by Other Agencies:
NY State Department of Health Registration fee $50.00
International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards Fee (National Board Examination) $500.00
Textbooks required for the courses may be purchased through AAMI. Estimated cost for student budget purposes is $1,000.
Proctoring fees $14 – 27.50 per test depending on the site chosen
Tuition for Eligible Military Personnel (Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans)
All active duty, active reserve and veterans should contact the Admissions Office for specific information about various programs and payment options available to current and former military. AAMI offers a range of programs designed to meet the needs of active and retired military personnel. Tuition levels vary according to the program chosen. Please contact the Admissions Office to determine which of the academic programs and tuition levels are appropriate for you.
*Tuition Assistance is $250 per credit hour.
Using TA, there are no out-of-pocket costs, with the exception of books, travel and accommodation expenses in New York City for Clinical and the Comprehensive Review (Capstone), taken in your final semester of the program.
*GI Bill is $425.75 per credit hour.
Using the GI Bill, there are no out-of-pocket costs, with the exception of books, travel and accommodation expenses in New York City for the Clinical and the Comprehensive Review (Capstone), taken in your final semester of the program.
AAMI has an MOU with the DOD that enables service members to use Tuition Assistance Benefits. AAMI is also VA approved to accept post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits.
Return of Tuition Assistance
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, they may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.
To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, AAMI will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis for students who withdraw on or before completing 60% of the semester. Withdrawing after the 60% date will not result in adjustment to the student’s Tuition Assistance for that term.
When a student officially withdraws from a course, the date of withdrawal will be used as the last date of attendance. For unofficial withdrawals, AAMI will determine the last date of attendance based on the last date a student participated in the class as determined by their instructors.
Once the last date of attendance has been determined, AAMI will recalculate your TA eligibility based on the following formula:
Number of days completed ÷ Total days of the course (start to end date) = Percentage earned
The start and end date for each class will be used to determine eligibility. Using the formula above, AAMI will be required to return some or all of the TA awarded to service members that did not complete more than 60% of each course, which may result in owing a tuition balance to AAMI.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-(866) 932-2264 (toll free).
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AAMI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE SCHEDULE OF TUITION AND FEES WHEN IT IS DEEMED ADVISABLE.
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Fall 2016 August 29 – December 9, 2016
CAPSTONE in NY November 28 – December 9, 2016
Spring 2017 January 3 – April 14, 2017
CAPSTONE in NY March 31 – April 14 2017*
Summer 2017 May 1 – August 11, 2017
CAPSTONE in NY July 31 – August 11, 2017
Fall 2017 August 28 – December 2017
CAPSTONE in NY November 27 – December 8, 2017
Please note: For online courses, check the individual semester calendars for holiday observance. Not all holidays are observed for online courses.
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Thanksgiving Recess (Thursday and Friday)
As a provider of an online degree program, AAMI is subject to the regulations and requirements of each state with regard to delivering online courses to students residing in each respective state. State Regulations vary from state to state, requiring educational institutions wishing to offer a degree to comply with these regulations and apply for authorization to offer the degree. AAMI is approved in 44 states (including NY). AAMI has not sought approval in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska or Oregon and is unable to accept students for admission from those states.
In compliance the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) conducted a Negotiated Rule Making Process in 2010, requiring institutions offering distance education to provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student’s state. Below is information on AAMI’s accrediting agency, followed by a state-by-state listing of the agencies in each state responsible for complaints regarding out-of-state distance education programs. AAMI strongly advises students to try to resolve any and all complaints with the school first, prior to contacting Accrediting or State Agencies.
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service is nationally accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) 992 Mantua Pike, Woodbury Heights, N J 08097 (816)233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org. The New York State Board of Higher Education has authorized AAMI to offer an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies. Information regarding the complaint processes for these agencies can be found on their websites: http://abfse.org and http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/spr/COMPLAINTFORMINFO.html.
Complaint resolution contacts by state
District of Columbia
New York* **
* States in which AAMI is required to be registered.
** indicates states in which AAMI is registered.
In all other states, AAMI is compliant and does not need to be registered in or seek authorization with.
AAMI uses Blackboard Learn (SaaS deployment) as their learning management system. To take online courses at AAMI you must have sufficient technology, Internet access, an email account.
What hardware, peripherals, software and applications should I have?
NOTE: Tablets, Tablet/Laptop Hybrid Devices, and Mobile Devices are not supported at this time. You may be able to use them successfully for reading lectures and assignments, but test-taking is not supported.
Please refer to https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/New/Browser_Support/000_Supported_Browsers#Tested_devices_and_operating_systems for specific information about supported devices, operating systems, and browsers. From there, click on the BROWSER CHECKER link to find out what operating system and browser you are already using, and whether it is supported.
In addition, you must have:
- Microsoft Office 2007 (PC) or later, Office 2008 (MAC) or, at least, Microsoft WORD
- Adobe® Reader 9.0 or later
- Local administrative privileges (for required software installations) –
- It is strongly recommended that you have administrative rights to the computer you will use for AAMI online coursework. If you must use a computer over which you do not have administrative rights (such as a library computer or a workplace computer), you may experience difficulties with needed functions, such as installing plug-ins. Students using library or workplace computers will have limited support options due to access limitations on such networks. Check with your workplace IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company’s network.
- Anti-virus program (updated regularly)
- E-mail account
- Must be your own account, not shared with anyone else
- An email address that clearly identifies you is preferable
- Windows XP
- Windows, MacOS, and Linux systems not running a supported browser
- Internet Explorer versions 10 and lower which are no longer supported by Microsoft; Internet Explorer on mobile devices
- Firefox versions 30 and lower on desktop; all Firefox versions on mobile devices
- Chrome versions 35 and lower (version 34 and lower on mobile devices)
- Safari versions 5 and lower
- JRE 5 for Blackboard Learn Original user interfaces
1. How long will it take to complete the Online Program?
A student taking 8 credits a semester can complete the program in 3 years.
2. Can I take the entire Funeral Service Associate Degree Online?
You can take all of the courses online except the clinical components in Restorative Art and Embalming and the Comprehensive National Board Exam Review. These courses will require you to come to New York City during the two-week Capstone.
3. How are the Clinical Labs completed?
You will be required to travel to New York City once in the last semester of your program for approximately two weeks. During your stay in New York you will complete your Embalming, Restorative Art and Comprehensive Exam requirements.
4. What will it cost me for two weeks in New York City?
AAMI estimates that it will cost a student approximately $3,000 to complete this final part of the program. This figure includes airfare, transfers to and from the airport, hotel room, meals and taxis. If a student is willing to room with one or more other students, it is estimated that these costs could be cut in half.
5. How will I find a hotel in New York City?
AAMI staff will work with you to help you make all of your arrangements for your stay in New York City. In addition, at the beginning of your final semester, a Capstone Guide will be provided with information about transportation to and from airports, housing options (including the opportunity to room with one or two of your fellow students), transportation in the City (i.e., bus, subway and taxi), restaurant options, and interesting and fun things (especially those that are free) to do in the City.
6. Are the Online Courses the same as Campus Courses?
The online courses at AAMI have the same requirements and content as those offered on the campus.
7. Is there a limit on the number of credits I may take online in a semester?
Yes. You are limited to 14 credits per semester.
8. Is there a minimum number of credits I must take?
There is no minimum. However, you must complete the degree in four years. See the answer to question #9 below.
9. Is there a time requirement for completing the Associate Degree?
Yes. All courses and requirements must be completed within four years from the first day of class of the first course in which you are enrolled at AAMI. Failure to complete the required coursework within the four-year timeframe will require the student to repeat all courses taken more than four years prior to the completion of the requirements. The reason for this requirement is that students must pass the National Board Exam and coursework taken more than four years prior to the exam is unlikely to prepare the student for success.
10. Will I be able to finish in four years taking courses part-time?
The Associate Degree requires the successful completion of 69 credits. In a four-year period there are 12 semesters of 13 weeks each. If you take 5 or 6 credits (approximately 2-3 courses) per semester, you could finish the program in four years.
11. What technology will I need to take courses?
You will need access to a personal computer with a modem, a web cam and a printer. In addition, you will need an Internet Service Provider (ISP), email and World Wide Web (www) browser capabilities. Please call 866.932.2264 for more information on technology requirements. You will also need a high-speed internet connection.
12. How will I take tests?
Most of your exams will be taken over the Internet. Midterms and final exams will be scheduled for specific dates and you will need a password to access them. Most password protected tests will have a time-limit requirement.
13. Will I have any communication with other students?
Yes. We encourage communication with the faculty and other students. Each course is built with discussion groups as a central component of the course. There will be many team projects and other opportunities to get to know your fellow students. You will also spend two weeks in New York City with fellow students while completing your clinical requirements.
14. Are the admission requirements the same as the Campus Program?
Yes, the admission requirements are exactly the same.
15. What are the admissions requirements?
Applicants must be high school graduates or hold a state approved equivalent diploma. In addition, an applicant must comply with any specific legal or educational requirement prescribed by his/her intended state of practice.
16. How do I apply for admission?
You can apply for admission online at: https://sonis.funeraleducation.org/studapp.cfm or by contacting our Admissions Office Toll Free 1-866-932-2264 (1-866-WEB-AAMI).
17. Can I take just the courses required for a “Funeral Director-Only” program so that I don’t have to take embalming?
Not at this time. If the American Board of Funeral Service Education approves the accreditation of a Funeral Director-Only degree in the future, AAMI will consider offering it.
18. How do I buy my textbooks and other materials?
You can order your books by going to our online bookstore.
19. How much will it cost?
The tuition is the same for campus and online courses: $475 per credit hour. The fees are the same and are found on the AAMI web site. The estimated cost for the clinical portion of the program in New York City is explained in the answer to question #4 above.
20 Is Financial Aid available?
Yes, Federal Aid and in some cases State Aid is available if you qualify.
21. How do I pay?
You may pay by check or pay online with Visa or Mastercard.
22. Can I receive transfer credit for courses I have already taken?
Yes. AAMI provides transfer credit for courses that meet general education requirements.A transfer evaluation will be completed prior to your enrolling in your first class. Please review our transfer policy on the AAMI web site or in the Online Catalog.
23. Do I have to register with the New York State Department of Health as a Registered Student Trainee even though I am not from New York?
Yes, the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing mandates that regardless of the state in which you wish to be licensed, you must register with their department.
24. Can I convert my diploma to an associate degree now?
If you graduated from AAMI’s diploma program and passed the national board exam no more than 4 years ago, you are eligible to apply to have your diploma converted to an associate degree. The fee for the associate degree is $100.00.
If it has been more than 4 years since you completed your degree, and you passed the national board exam, the credits earned more than 4 years ago will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. It is possible that you will be required to retake courses that have been revised substantially in the intervening years.
25. I attended but did not complete the program at another ABFSE program; can I transfer my credits to AAMI and get a degree?
If you have credits from another institution, you may apply to AAMI as a transfer student. Please refer to the transfer policy in the catalog or online.