Metropolitan Learning Institute is a private, non-profit organization that was first established in 1996. It went through the process of obtaining a New York State license to open a proprietary school in the State of New York and eventually obtained a license to operate in November of 1999 in Forest Hills, Queens. In 2002, a second campus offering similar courses was opened at Rego Park, Queens and in March of 2006, a third branch was opened at Jackson Heights, also in Queens. In 2007 the Forest Hills location ceased operation, while in February 2010 NYS approval was obtained to open a new location in Brooklyn, NY.
Faced with the challenging need for the education of health care professionals in the field of practical nursing, MLI initiated planning for a Practical Nursing Program in the state of New Jersey in July, 2005. The LPN program was approved in early 2008 and the first classes began in June of that year in Jersey City, NJ.
The main campus of Metropolitan Learning Institute is now in Rego Park, Queens. The school has a present population of approximately 500 students overall, with a predicted potential growth of 750 students within the next few years.
Licensed by the New York State Education Department, MLI’s New York locations provide Computer Office Technology training to a mostly immigrant student population with emphasis on English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction as a key component. Additional courses such as Medical Billing and Bookkeeping, also with ESL components, have been added to this core curriculum. Evening classes are available to accommodate the steady growth of student enrollment among working adults.
In late 2007 Accounting Assistant training without ESL was approved by NYS for MLI. In 2011, a Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) program was also launched without an ESL component to provide immediate medical administrative and computer office training and skills. In 2013 Phlebotomy was added to the MAA program. The NJ LPN program ceased admissions in 2013 with an effort to bring the program to New York State, where most students who had studied actually lived. This effort is still ongoing. In early 2015, the New Jersey location ceased operation, while at the New York locations the school added (in early 2016) newer, short courses specializing in different areas of practical clinical healthcare work.
Programs in TASC (high school equivalency) test preparation in both English and Spanish are offered by the school on weekends, subject to enrollment of a sufficient quorum of students.
MLI was granted initial (candidacy) accreditation status in 2002 by the Council of Occupational Education (COE) based in Atlanta, Georgia and received a full six (6) year accreditation by the same regulatory body in 2004. In 2010 the school successfully completed its re-accreditation process with the COE and received an additional six-year term of approval.