ACADEMIC STANDARDS

The following two academic progress requirements are evaluated for “All Students” at the end of each semester. Students who are receiving or have applied for Financial Aid are subject to additional requirements, which may be found in the Catalog under Financial Aid.

Grade Point Average (GPA) – Qualitative Measure

Students must maintain a specific cumulative GPA for all semesters of attendance at AAMI based on the number of credits a student has attempted.

Credits AttemptedCumulative GPA Required
0 – 171.70 or higher
18 – 351.80 or higher
36 – 531.90 or higher
54 or more2.00 or higher
  1. Pace of Completion (Pace) – Quantitative Measure

Students must earn a grade of ‘D’ or better in 66.67% of credits attempted. Pace is determined by dividing the number of earned credit hours by the number of attempted credit hours. A grade of ‘D’ or better includes grades of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘NCP’, ‘-R’, and ‘P’. For a full listing of grades, please see the Catalog.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

AAMI is committed to creating a learning environment that supports educational excellence and endorses academic integrity. All students are required to sign the Academic Integrity Statement that will be in force throughout the student’s entire program at AAMI.


TESTS AND EXAMINATIONS

(See Student Handbook)

Students should be prepared for an intensive program of study with frequent written, oral and practical tests given during the semester along with a final semester examination given in each course.

In sequential courses (for example: Anatomy I, Anatomy II, Anatomy III, etc.) subsequent testing generally includes the work of previous semesters. Final examinations are usually comprehensive, concerning all of the subject matter of the course; this procedure aids the student in preparing for National Board and licensure examinations.

Students are required to take all tests and examinations at the scheduled dates and times.


THE GRADING SYSTEM

Grade reports are issued at the end of each semester in accordance with the following system:

GradeDescriptive
Equivalent
Numerical
Equivalent
Quality Points
AExcellent90-1004
BVery Good80-893
CSatisfactory75-792
DPassing70-741
FFailurebelow 700
F*Failure due to non-attendance00
WWithdrawal
TRTransfer credit
-RRepeat course
PPass
IIncomplete
IPIn Progress
AUAudit

ONLY credits earned at AAMI are used in computing the student grade point average.

A grade point average is computed each semester by dividing the total number of quality points achieved by the number of semester credits attempted, including a grade of “F” or “F*” but not grades of “W”  “TR” or “P.” After 6 months an Incomplete  converts to an F.


ACADEMIC HONORS

Both academic excellence and improvement are encouraged during the college year by means of the Highest Honors List, the High Honors List and the Honors List.

To qualify for Highest Honors, a student must take a minimum of 8 credits and achieve a semester Grade Point Average of 3.80-4.00.

To qualify for High Honors, a student must take a minimum of 8 credits and achieve a semester Grade Point Average of 3.50-3.79.

To qualify for Honors, a student must take a minimum of 8 credits and achieve a semester Grade Point Average of 3.20-3.49.

To graduate with honors, a student must achieve the following Cumulative Grade Point Averages for all courses taken at the Institute:

Summa cum Laude                       3.90 – 4.00

Magna cum Laude                        3.75 – 3.89

Cum Laude                                      3.50 – 3.74


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to qualify for graduation, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required courses.
  2. An earned cumulative grade point average of a minimum of a 2.0.
  3. Satisfactory record of attendance (as described elsewhere on the website and the Student Handbook).
  4. All indebtedness to AAMI to be paid in full.
  5. Satisfactory compliance with regard to financial aid and/or student loans.
  6. Students receiving any form of Title IV federal financial aid must participate in an exit counseling session with the Financial Aid Officer.
  7. Successfully complete all requirements of the Clinical Embalming Program and be certified by the Clinical Embalming Instructor as minimally technically competent in embalming at the entry level.
  8. Attend and actively participate in the Comprehensive Review Course and the end of semester National Board Review.
  9. Take AAMI’s Comprehensive Examination and pass with a grade of 75.

Note: For students unfamiliar with computerized testing or who wish to experience the NBE testing format, AAMI strongly recommends that students take the Practice National Board Exam during their final semester at AAMI.

The graduation ceremony is held once a year in August.


STUDENT RETENTION

In the past 3 years, (2015-2017), AAMI enrolled 922 new students.  Of this total, 364 (45%) students are still enrolled and making progress toward their degree.  Of the remaining 446 (55%), 138 (17%) have withdrawn from school and 308 (38%) have graduated.


NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATION (NBE)

Students who have satisfied all requirements for graduation from AAMI are eligible to take the National Board Examination. This examination is administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Successful candidates receive a certificate attesting to their proficiency.

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE website (www.abfse.org).

The following represents the most recent three (3) year period for AAMI.

National Board Exam

ArtsSciencesCombined Average
YearTakersPassed%TakersPassed%%
201770537169557478
201666467067558276
201572567868578481

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at  www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s pass rates, go to the AAMI Admissions Office, or by e-mail at  info@aami.edu or by telephone at 1-866-932-2264 (toll free).