The American Academy McAllister Institute (AAMI) was established in 1964 by the merger of the McAllister School of Embalming, founded in 1926, and the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research, founded in 1933.  AAMI continues to be dedicated to the ideals these two institutions advocated, namely the careful preparation of its graduates for the obligations and responsibilities of contemporary funeral service.

AAMI offers students the option of attending either a full-time on-campus program or part-time online program. Both options are identical in terms of the curriculum and course requirements and both are fully accredited by ABFSE.

AAMI also offers continuing education opportunities for the professional development of funeral service practitioners. Programs are offered in such areas as aftercare, business administration, management services, pre-need, funeral service counseling and many other topics.

AAMI’s excellent faculty, modern teaching facilities and well-rounded educational program provide the opportunity for both theoretical and practical instruction in all phases of funeral service. The success of its graduates in the funeral profession has confirmed the prestige of AAMI among embalmers and funeral directors throughout the country. The roster of alumni and their achievements is clear evidence of the quality of professional training they receive as students.

AAMI’s educational program conforms to the course and credit requirements of the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), the national accrediting agency for funeral service programs. AAMI was re-accredited by the ABFSE in 2021 for a one-year term. A full seven-year accreditation is expected to be rewarded in April of 2022. In addition, the program is routinely reviewed and, where appropriate, revised by the faculty to meet the changing needs of its students and the funeral service profession.