Curriculum Summary

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Curriculum Summary

SCU Ayurvedic program is based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization Benchmarks for training in traditional/complementary and alternative medicine: benchmarks for training in Ayurveda.

During this one year program, students will learn basic principles of Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Ayurvedic history, Anatomy, Physiology, Ayurvedic preventive science, yoga, Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic pathology, Ayurvedic herbology and pharmaceutics/home remedies, Ayurvedic detoxification methods and bodywork, Ayurvedic rejuvenation, and an introduction to Ayurvedic healing. Students also will receive a supervised clerkship in the SCU Health System.

Program Learning Outcomes - 720 hrs.
  • FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE: The graduate will understand and develop the foundational principles of Ayurvedic medicine and biological science.
  • ASSESSMENT OF DOSHAS, DHATUS, MALAS AND AGNI: The graduate will determine body and mind constitution and assess the imbalances in DOSHAS, DHATUS, MALAS and AGNI based on Ayurvedic principles.
  • HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION: The graduate will apply Ayurvedic principles to recommend the Ayurvedic lifestyle, herbs, nutrition, therapies, and yoga required to promote health and prevent disease.
  • PROFESSIONALISM AND COMMUNICATION: The graduate will exhibit professionalism and communicate with an awareness of ethical practice.

Course Listing and Descriptions

AY1000 Basic Principles of Ayurveda I
The course is designed to systematically impart basic understanding of Ayurvedic fundamental principles. Students will be able to explore and comprehend the basic principles of Ayurveda necessary for other courses. Students will gain the knowledge of DOSHA, DHATUS, MALAS, PRAKRUTHI, PANCHA MAHABOOTHAS, MANAS, GURVADI GUNAS, OJUS, PRANA, AGNI, AAMA, RASA and SROTAS. Basic explanation about SANKYA, NYAYA and VAISHESHIKA philosophy will be explained.
AY1500 Sanskrit
This course provides basic understanding of ayurvedic terminology in Sanskrit language required to learn ayurvedic medicine, its philosophy and concepts.
AY1600 Ayurveda History
This course explores the 5000 year history that has contributed to the orderly development of science of Ayurveda. This course imparts in depth knowledge of congregation of different medicinal and therapeutic information in Vedas. Detailed knowledge of various spiritual influences, deities, and sages along with their philosophical contributions to development of Ayurveda has been described. Also, helps to understand the legendary origin of Ayurveda from various classical texts. This course is designed to inform the students about the Archeological and Manuscripts in support of the historical events. The course also updates the student with the current status of Ayurveda globally especially, it’s role in healthcare industry in western countries.
AY1700 Ayurvedic Preventive Science I
This course will discuss the basic concepts of Swastha Vritta (Ayurvedic Preventive Medicine) that emphasizes on health promotion. The role of mind, sense organs and emotions on the health of a person will also be discussed. Additionally, the students will obtain adequate knowledge to suggest proper daily diet and lifestyle based on individual’s body type and seasons to promote health and prevent disease.
AY1800 Ayurvedic Nutrition
In this module, students will learn general concepts of AHARA DRAVYAs in structuring a diet. Students will learn about qualities and actions of various grains, legumes, spices, vegetables and greens. Students will also gain the knowledge of PATHYA and its importance, concepts and applicability of SHAD RASAS, Psycho-somatic effects of SHAD RASAS, over use and/or abnormal uses of RASAS and diet for balancing VATA, PITTA and KAPHA Doshas. Students will learn hands-on, practical approaches for making various meal preparation for health promotion. Additionally this course will also discuss the concept of SATVIK AHAARA, PATHYA used in PANCHAKARMA and various health conditions.
AY1100 Ayurvedic Pathology I
This course will discuss the basic concepts of Ayurvedic pathology and diagnosis. Causes of disease, classification of diseases, and pathological mechanisms of symptom manifestation (Nidana Panchakam) are also discussed. Additionally, the students will learn different examination and diagnostic methods (Ashta sthana and Dasa vidha pareeksha) used in Ayurveda. Pulse examination and interpretation of various pulses is an integral part of this course.
AY1200 Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics I
This unit introduces the student to the concepts and principles of Ayurvedic Herbology and pharmacology. The course will impart knowledge about how to obtain, prepare, and use common Ayurvedic herbs along with basic pharmaceuticals for health promotion and wellness care.
AY1300 Ayurvedic Rejuvenation I
This course educates students about the unique health promotion and rejuvenation concepts of Ayurveda. Students will gain knowledge about the methods that support healthy aging and staying fit at any age, as well as methods described for enhancing the body’s resistance against disease-causing factors and preventing advancement of chronic diseases. Herbs and dietetic substances that enhance memory, voice, eyesight, energy and complexion will be highlighted.
AY1400 Ayurvedic Detoxification/Bodyworks I
This course will discuss the basic introduction of Ayurvedic Marma theory and basic concept of Panchakarma (detoxification methods/body work) with hands-on experience of major detoxification procedures. This course also provides the knowledge to prepare the formulas/herbal preparations necessary to perform these therapies. The student will gain the experience and knowledge of pre- and post-Panchakarma precautions, preparations as well as some other oil therapies widely used to treat various vata diseases. Additionally, this course will offer an adequate knowledge to suggest proper diet and lifestyle suitable to each procedure.
AY1900 Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing
The course will discuss the general line treatment for DOSHA imbalances. This course will also provide diet, yoga, lifestyle recommendation, therapies, herbs, and spices for health promotion and wellness care. This course will also encourage to, develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills needed for health promotion and wellness care and components for building a successful wellness practice. Case histories and therapeutics are reviewed, with class and group interactions.
AYYOG Yoga I
This course is designed to understand yoga philosophies that influence Ayurveda in health promotion. This course will teach about different yoga styles and practices such as meditation, MUDRAS and JAPA. Students will also learn yoga asanas and pranayama for health promotion and wellness care. Concepts of PURUSHARTHAS, ATHMA, VASANA, KARMA, PRANA, KOSHAS, NADIS, CHAKRAS, TANTRA, SHAT KRIYAS, BANDHAS and subtle therapies will be discussed.
CLIN1A Ayurveda Clerkship 1A
This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for Ayurveda clinical practice. Student interns will actively participate in patient care while under the supervision of a Ayurveda practitioner. Students will also engage in various other educational experiences. Clinical Internship is a sequential two-part educational program, during which students will meet specified course objectives that satisfy the program learning outcomes.
CLIN1B Ayurveda Clerkship 1B
This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for Ayurveda clinical practice. Student interns will actively participate in patient care while under the supervision of a Ayurveda practitioner. Students will also engage in various other educational experiences. Clinical Internship is a sequential two-part educational program, during which students will meet specified course objectives that satisfy the program learning outcomes.
AYAP1001 Anatomy & Physiology I
This course is an introduction to musculoskeletal anatomy with an emphasis on the axial and appendicular skeleton, various joint structures and complexes, as well as major regional muscles of the upper body, lower body, head and neck. In the practical application, students will also learn palpation skills to identify major superficial muscles and body landmarks. Students will learn terminology and functional anatomical structures. The course may also include observation and palpation of human cadavers.
AYAP1002 Anatomy & Physiology II
This course will focus on the human physiologic systems and how they are affected by bodywork modalities. Detailed attention will be given to the Central and Peripheral Nervous, Integumentary, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, and Urinary systems. The course may include observation and palpation of human cadavers.

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