American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. is the only funeral service school within New York City. Going back 70-100 years, there were five:
- The Renouard Training School for Embalmers - Founded 1895
- The McAllister School of Embalming - Founded 1926
- The New York School of Embalming and Restorative Art - Founded 1930
- The Collier School of Embalming -Founding date, unknown
- The American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research - Founded 1933
After World War II, three of the above schools closed their businesses, leaving only the McAllister School and the American Academy. In 1964, these schools merged to form the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc.
Together, with our forefather schools, AAMI has educated and trained some ten thousand students over a span of 80 years. For many years we enrolled many second and third generation Funeral Home students. Today, the majority of our students are the first in their families to pursue a degree and career in Funeral Service.
AAMI’s sole purpose is to educate funeral directors by offering our associate degree both on campus in New York City and online, anytime, anywhere.
We have a long history and tradition in the field of funeral service education and continue today as a dynamic and rapidly growing funeral service school with an eye to the future!
AMMI 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.
Bus and subway lines are within easy walking distance of AAMI providing transportation to every part of the city. Many museums, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Theater District, Times Square, Madison Square Garden and the United Nations are easily accessible and provide unlimited cultural and recreational opportunities for students. Houses of worship are located nearby.
The world-famous Bellevue Medical Center, where students receive their clinical instruction in embalming, is located about two miles from AAMI.
The school is open to visitors each weekday between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM. We welcome your visit and the opportunity to discuss our degree program and your interest in a career as a Funeral Director.
The AAMI campus is located in the historic “Movie Lab” building just one block from the Hudson River. The entire premise is well-lighted, ventilated and air-conditioned, providing a cheerful and comfortable atmosphere during all seasons of the year. Physical facilities are readily accessible for the disabled.
In addition to the usual classroom facilities for lecture and discussion, there are specially designed laboratories for Restorative Art and Computer Science, enhancing the opportunities for students to learn by doing. A range of visual and learning aids are utilized to enhance and facilitate the educational experience in the classroom. These include films, slides, charts, manikins (models), video equipment, and PowerPoint presentations.
The library contains about 1,700 carefully selected books, 1,600 of which are original titles, and a growing collection of periodicals and videos. Current Funeral Service journals and bound volumes of past issues are available for reading and reference.
AAMI maintains a fully-equipped preparation room at the Bellevue Medical Center, located at 1st Avenue and 27th Street, for clinical work in embalming. Clinical instruction is conducted in small sections to provide maximum opportunity for personalized instruction.
AAMI is located in midtown Manhattan in the building known as the "Movie-Lab Building" at 619 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, one half block from the Hudson River.