ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM
The Associate Degree program in Funeral Service was developed in 1977. It offers balanced, comprehensive academic training for future funeral service practitioners, enabling them to meet the needs of a more demanding and better educated public. AAMI has been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to award the degree of Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) and it is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.
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 in the scope and content of the specialized education and training provided by the 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.
Individuals recognized as authorities in funeral service and its allied fields are invited to address the student body bringing a wealth of experiences to the classroom and presenting an expanded point of view to the students.
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.
TWO-YEAR POLICY FOR COMPLETING THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE
When you have completed one-half (35 credits) of the associate degree, you will have two calendar years (6 semesters) to complete all additional requirements. If you do not complete the degree before the two-year deadline, you must audit a course or courses that you took before your two-year clock began and successfully complete coursework that covers content that is tested on the NBE.
AAMI is located in the heart of New York City on the West Side. The Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and PATH trains are easily accessible and provide convenient transportation for the many students who commute from Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
A student must have a minimum of a high school diploma or hold a state approved high school equivalency diploma. In addition, you must comply with any specific legal or educational requirement(s) prescribed by your intended state of practice.