Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate (Level I)
SCU offers two different levels of certification. Upon completion of this 720-hour training, students will be able to practice self-healing and guide individuals and groups through educational seminars in addition to many other career opportunities. In the process, you’ll grow as a healer and empower others to lead healthier, happier lives.
Assessment tools used by Ayurvedic Educators enable them to determine the individual’s body constitution and the balanced and unbalanced states of the doshas (natural energy), agni (digestive fire), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products) with traditional Indian medicine.
-1 Weekend Per Month
-Fridays 5pm-9pm May-Dec
-3 Additional Sundays
-Online Evening Class: 1 Per Week
-Clinical Experience in the SCU Health Center
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Flexible Schedules: Fit ayurveda education into your life with convenient evening and weekend classes. One weekend of classes each month and a synchronous online class on Thursday nights.
Exceptional Learning Experience: You will learn from highly experienced faculty and receive hands-on training through clerkship opportunities and clinical experiences.
Trip to India: Optional trip to universities in India to learn more about traditional healing practices firsthand.
Financial Aid and payment plans are available for the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate Program. Click here to view the net price calculator.
Faculty: Classically trained Ayurvedic practitioners with more than 18 years of experience.
An Accredited University: SCU has over 20 years of regional accreditation through WSCUC. Ayurvedic programs are approved by National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
Students Will Learn
- Basic Principles of Ayurveda
- Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing
- Ayurvedic History
- Ayurvedic Preventive Science
- Ayurvedic Nutrition
- Ayurvedic Pathology
- Ayurvedic Rejuvenation
- Ayurvedic Herbology, Pharmaceutics, and Home Remedies
- Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods and Bodywork
- Supervised Clerkship in the SCU Health System
SCU’s Ayurveda Certificate Programs include coursework in many Ayurvedic therapies. Each therapy has unique benefits that will restore the balance to the body and mind to future patients. Some therapies include:
Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Shiroabhyanga, Greeva Basti, Kati Basti, Janu Basti, Podi Kizhi, Pizhichil, Nasya Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (Rice therapy) and Virechana
- After completing the Wellness Educator (first year only), graduates may work as Ayurvedic wellness educators, teach courses, host seminars, perform lifestyle consultations or one-on-one Ayurveda Wellness education sessions in integrative clinics, hospitals, wellness centers, or as independent Ayurvedic consultants/educators
- Guide patients on daily routines, home remedies, yoga, and meditation.
- Write and/or contribute to Ayurvedic and holistic publications and research studies.
- Develop or work in the consumer products industry for herbal medicine, cosmetics, and others.
- Work in or open your own wellness center, spas, resorts.
- Ayurveda may be added to any current healthcare practice to enhance patient outcomes and satisfaction. Ask us about CE credit.
- Wellness Educator students are encouraged to continue to the second year of the program, “Ayurveda Practitioner Certificate”, which deepens understanding and allows graduates to practice Ayurveda in additional settings.
Download The E-Book, “Careers in Ayurveda: Creating Healthier and Happier Lives.”
“I highly recommend the SCU Ayurveda program to anyone who wants to first and foremost improve their own health and overall wellbeing. The teachers are excellent- extremely experienced and enormously generous in their efforts to share their knowledge. They each brought their own individual wisdom to the course and this really enriched my learning experience. I loved this program so much that I traveled monthly from my home in Vancouver to attend class at SCUHS. The illumination of knowledge I received in this program has truly been life-changing.”
Julie Bernier – Ayurveda Certificate Program Graduate
“I am truly grateful for being in the Ayurveda program at SCUHS. All the other Professors have done an excellent job in conveying the concepts and providing resources to help us grasp this beautiful science, art, & philosophy. It is interesting coming from the Chiropractic program to note even more passion in the Ayurveda students and the professors. The curriculum is well structured and the topics build off each other. There is a good balance of theory and practical applications. Although there may be foreign concepts, the faculty caters to the student’s needs and shortcomings. I am very excited to be part of this program and the Ayurveda/Integrative Medicine community. I look forward to working with the my colleagues & the challenge of shifting the world’s perspective on health.”
– Dr. Faiz Mashood
“The Ayurvedic program at SCU is the most fulfilling and meaningful program that I have ever experienced at any college. This program is perfect for the modern student in that that it meets one weekend every month in person and includes virtual classes and e-learning classes as well. I travel to class once a month from New York City and still feel very connected to my teachers and classmates. Every month we get to learn a bit of ancient history and wisdom that has complete relevance in our modern society today. The most phenomenal thing about Ayurveda is that humanity truly needs this healing wisdom now more than ever. As technology and information speeds up, we need to return to simplicity and the fundamental truths in nature to heal the body, mind and spirit. SCU is so very lucky to have a brilliant team of Ayurvedic doctors who are scholars and researchers committed to teaching in the classical way. The Science of Ayurveda is a vast and almighty ocean of wisdom that brings more peace into your life, more joy into your life and more health into your life. Thank you SCU for this most wonderful program!”
– Leila Astarabadi
“When I first discovered Ayurvedic Medicine I really only knew the simple fundamentals of what was involved in the practice. I come from a fitness background, this industry strives on giving people diets that are based on high levels of protein and excess workout regimens. Though I found this effective I didn’t see myself internally feeling healthy, I felt bombarded with varying results, not the results I necessarily wanted. I searched and searched different weight loss programs and eventually came across veganism. I am still currently vegan but Ayurvedic Medicine has taught me how to be even more aware of the qualities of my food and my daily practices that will elongate my life and prevent future illnesses alongside of being able to continue my vegan lifestyle. The Ayurvedic program at Southern California University of Health Sciences goes into extensive details very quickly. You learn all the basic fundamentals within the first month and than you are off and running. The program allows for you to be a unique individual within your own practice as well as being able to treat all sorts of ailments in others. It isn’t just a practice of eating well, it is also a practice of achieving ultimate health. no pills, no extreme dieting, no feelings of discomfort in the body, only health and well being. This science is in it’s name, Ayurvedic Medicine is the science of life. I highly recommend this program as the professors are really professional and helpful and the resources you acquire will develop your practice at a deeper level. If learning Ayurvedic Medicine is what is going to push you into the next part of your life, Do It!! It will change your life and others forever.”
– Julia Katcher
SCU is known for exceptional academics, research, and clinical outcomes among faculty, alumni, and students. The Ayurveda Certificate Program is evidence-based, outcomes-focused, highly rigorous, and academic.
Since 1911, SCU has been a leader in innovative curricular design, incorporating lectures and laboratories in addition to a significant amount of additional means of instruction. Ayurvedic students to change lives and turn their passion into a profession through the combination of course design and clinical experience.
SCU provides immersive coursework, expert faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities to put students on the path to success. From the classroom to the clinic, SCU emphasizes patient-centered care and integrative medicine and health. No other setting offers this kind of holistic, multidisciplinary setting.
-High school transcripts or GED certificate
At SCU, students find an unparalleled experience while learning to excel in a team-based healthcare environment that has become the model of quality and efficiency in today’s healthcare delivery systems.
Students find countless opportunities for involvement and leadership in a family-like environment. Faculty are easily accessible with a very low student-to-faculty ratio. With over 30 student groups, the Associated Student Body allows voices to be heard and interaction between students, faculty, and administration to take place in an ongoing and intentional way. Students are encourage to take advantage of the many campus events, seminars, continuing education, and other offerings that are organized regularly.
Surroundings That Inspire:
Students enjoy a beautiful, 25-acre, tree-lined campus in one of the most breathtaking parts of Southern California, about 20 miles Southeast of Los Angeles on the border of Orange County. SCU’s location allows students to enjoy sunny Southern California year-round. Students enjoy a safe, quiet, suburban atmosphere with the advantages of being near a large city.
Hands On Training:
Our own highly recognized SCU Health System offers a superior clinical experience in an inter-professional environment. The on-campus SCU Health Center is a unique, university-based healthcare facility offering integrative care. This sets SCU apart and creates the highest level of evidence-informed, patient-centered care.
Ayurveda students work hands-on with patients taking history, performing examinations, observing, and assisting in various Ayurvedic therapies through a supervised clinical clerkship.
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