3 Terms | 1 Year Full-Time
7 TERMS | 1 YEAR AND 4 MONTHS, PART-TIME
Fall: September 5th, 2023
Spring: January 8th, 2024
Summer: May 6th, 2024
Ayurveda originated in India 5,000 years ago as a natural and holistic system of medicine that uses (and literally means) the science of life to treat the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic healing involves balancing doshas – energies derived from the elements (air, water, fire, earth, and space) that govern body functions. The optimal state of health is achieved when doshas are balanced in their natural proportions.
Our Level II program is a continuation of the educational journey and personal transformation with increased professional opportunities resulting for graduates. The Practitioner program is intended for Ayurvedic Wellness Educators who are interested in deepening their competencies in Ayurvedic clinical assessments and treatments for the management of diseases and health promotion. Students from all schools of Ayurveda are welcome.
When you study at SCU, enjoy a 25-acre tree-lined campus in beautiful 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.
This program includes a strong emphasis on clinical practice and the understanding of Ayurvedic pathology, diagnosis, and herbal medicine. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to determine the vikriti (imbalances) of an individual’s body and mind; and will be able to design a comprehensive treatment plan for clients to realign imbalanced states of the doshas (natural energy), agni (digestive fire), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products), using herbs, diet, lifestyle, yoga, and body therapies. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s Ayurveda Practitioner Certification Exam.
Supervised by SCU faculty, students receive extensive clinical training at SCU’s University Health Center. The University Health Center provides care to over 25,000 patients per year and is equipped with an expansive herbal pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, and an electronic health record system.
SCU’s model of experiential learning in interprofessional settings combines learning alongside other healthcare disciplines, coursework, clinical experiences, community engagement, and campus clubs. You will be introduced to a variety of philosophies, practices and treatment options. You will develop a broad base of knowledge, including a deep understanding of integrative, evidence- and team-based, whole-person healthcare.
Learn how to structure the diet based on Ayurveda principles, such as the qualities of various grains, legumes, spices, vegetables and greens. Create meal preparations for health and wellness care. Gain a deeper understanding of the Ayurveda preventive medicine and lifestyle practices, such as daily and seasonal routines for health promotion.
Allows students to fit education into their life with full-time and part-time study options with classes offered during weekday evenings and on select weekends. Learning includes on-ground, online interactive (set class time), online self-paced learning, and clinical education. When completing your Clinical Clerkship, you will be required to travel to the SCU campus and/or other approved clinical sites during Terms 1–3.
Upon completion of the Ayurvedic Practitioner program, students are qualified to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board exam, which enables students to become Certified Ayurvedic Practitioners in the U.S. The class of 2021 graduates had a 100% pass rate. Read more about their success.
An optional trip to universities in India to learn more about traditional healing practices firsthand. The Ayurveda Medicine Department currently affiliates with esteemed organizations in India, including Amrita Center for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, and AVP Research Foundation. Learn more about study abroad opportunities for Ayurveda students.
SCU’s commitment to technology provides students with access to some of the most recent learning tools and teaches the skills necessary in today’s health IT system such as electronic health records (EHR). EHR contains the medical and treatment histories of patients, built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office.
Alumni of this program are eligible for the Clinical Internship in Ayurveda. The internship offers 60 hours of experience over the course of 15 weeks (4 hours/week). Students will receive hands-on training in patient care and will be able to apply this knowledge in Ayurvedic patient care. Learn more about the internship.
The Ayurvedic Practitioner program is intended for Ayurvedic Wellness Educators who are interested in deepening their competencies in Ayurveda clinical assessments and treatments. As the only program in the West affiliated with a university, SCU students enjoy the advantages of highly degreed and experienced faculty combined with the latest classroom, online learning, and lab technologies. SCU’s 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. This program includes a strong emphasis on clinical practice and the understanding of Ayurvedic pathology, diagnosis, and herbal medicine. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to determine the vikriti (imbalances) of an individual’s body and mind; and will be able to design a comprehensive treatment plan for clients to realign imbalanced states of the doshas (natural energy), agni (digestive fire), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products), using herbs, diet, lifestyle, yoga, and body therapies.
Full-time schedule (3 Terms | 12 months): Students in the full-time program are expected to enroll full-time for three consecutive terms including the summer. Courses are offered on-ground and in an online format.
Part-time schedule (7 Terms | 28 months): Students in part-time program are expected to enroll part-time for seven consecutive terms including the summer. Courses are offered on-ground and in an online format.
SCU’s Ayurveda program includes coursework in many Ayurvedic therapies. Each therapy has unique benefits that will restore the balance to the body and mind to future patients. Therapies include Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Shiroabhyanga, Greeva Basti, Kati Basti, Janu Basti, Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (Rice Therapy), Podi Kizhi, Pizhichil, Nasya, and Virechana.
Learn about Ayurvedic principles of pharmacy and pharmaceutics. Students will learn about individual herbs, combining herbs into formulas with respect to selection of raw herbs, method of preparation, storage, and posology. Students will also learn about the important Ayurvedic herbal combinations with their functions, indication, and contraindication for the management of specific pathologies.
Learn about how to structure the diet based on Ayurveda principles, qualities, and actions of various grains, legumes, spices, vegetables and greens, and also will learn various meal preparations for health promotion and wellness care. Students also will get a deeper understanding of the Ayurveda preventive medicine and lifestyle practices such as daily routine, and seasonal routine that emphasizes health promotion. Students will also learn yoga philosophies and mindful meditation typically used in Ayurvedic treatments. Students will also learn various yoga practices such as asanas, meditation, and various breathing techniques.
Students will learn etiopathogenesis, clinical features of diseases of various systems in the body, how to check vitals, and Ayurvedic examination of the patient. Students will also learn how to record, implement, and adapt a patient management plan from an Ayurvedic perspective to bring balance in the body and mind.
Courses are typically held on the following days, for students in the 7-term schedule. Evening classes usually start at 5:30 pm except for Friday which starts at 5:00 pm. Weekend classes start at 8:00 am.
Note: all times are Pacific Time (PT).
|Ayurvedic Basic Principles II||45||3|
|Ayurvedic Pathology and Diagnosis II||60||4|
|Yoga II (includes lab)||45||2|
|Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics II||60||4|
|Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics III||60||4|
|Marma & Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Work II (includes lab)||60||3|
|Ayurvedic Internal Medicine I||60||4|
|Ayurvedic Internal Medicine II||60||4|
|Ayurvedic Internal Medicine III||60||4|
|Internal Medicine IV||60||4|
|Internal Medicine V||45||3|
|Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship I||80||3|
|Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship II||80||3|
|Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship III||80||3|
For full program information, view the catalog.
Naomi K Boas, BA, MA, CAP, CMT
Meng Gong, MS, AP
SCU Health Faculty
Sriranjini Jaideep, PhD, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda
Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, L.Ac, FAIHM, C-IAYT, PhD
Program Director, Ayurveda Medicine Department
Manjiri Nadkarni, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, RHN, CBAC
Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, FAIHM, C-IAYT
University Faculty and SCU Health Faculty
Shyam Viswanathan Pillai, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, MPhil
Reshmi Pushpan, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, PhD
Rammanohar Puthiyedath, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda
Suhas Kumar Shetty, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, PhD
Jasmeen Singh, DC, AP
Director, Ayurveda Clinical Education
Bharathi A Venkatachalapathy, BAMS, FAIHM
Manjusha Vinjamury, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, DACM, FAIHM, L.Ac
University Faculty and SCU Health Faculty
SCU’s Academic Advisory Board is composed of senior university academics, industry leaders, and content experts from around the world focused on continually improving the SCU Ayurveda Medicine programs. Academic Advisory Board associates volunteer their time and are an appreciated and valuable resource to the program and university.
This program is a National Ayurvedic Medicine Accreditation Council (NAMAC) recognized Ayurvedic Practitioner program. SCU is the first ayurvedic program in the U.S. to receive NAMAC’s Candidacy for Accreditation status. All programs historically having NAMA recognition, something SCU has had since 2013, are eligible to advance to the new candidacy status with NAMAC. The new requirements from NAMAC do not impact current or future students’ ability to sit for the NAMACB Certification Exams. NAMAC provides oversight over all recognized professional Ayurvedic educational programs. NAMAC recognition status indicates that programs administer an approved course of study, thus ensuring well-trained professionals, and providing greater transparency for consumers and the general public. Graduates of this program qualify to sit for NAMACB Certification Exams. For more information on NAMAC program recognition, please visit NAMAC Recognized Programs.
SCU’s faculty leadership are actively working with CAAM to create a standard of practice and education, ethical values to safeguard the community at large and lend credibility to the viability and growth of the Ayurvedic Profession in California through education, events and interactive communications to Ayurveda Professionals, our peers in other healthcare disciplines and to our local and statewide community while also promoting Ayurveda on a national and global scale.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s (NAMACB ) Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification Exam and are eligible to continue their education in the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate (Level II) program. Upon completion of the Ayurveda Wellness Educator and Practitioner programs, SCU students qualify for NAMACB3 certification meaning the candidate has demonstrated the entry-level competencies for his/her category of practice by completing a NAMA-approved course of study and passing a rigorous certification exam and is engaged in ongoing training as a professional through continuing education and other activities.
I chose SCU because I met Dr. Anu and saw her give her beautiful speech about the Ayurveda program, and she led us all through yoga. I knew from that day that SCU was for me. The clinic was the best part of the program because you get to see everything we're learning inside the classroom, all the theories and the principles applied in real life. You get to see the patients' lives turn around, their body pain goes away with the body treatments and the herbs, and you get to see them making these dietary changes and lifestyle changes. The other aspect of the Ayurveda program at SCU that I enjoyed was the hands-on approach, and that's not only in the clinic where we get to work with patients hands-on but also in the classroom setting.
I chose SCU because it focuses on integrative health, which is important to me. I wanted to be part of a program that focuses on looking at these traditional forms of medicine, bringing them forward into the modern present-day, and finding ways to utilize them with other practitioners. So, I think one of the most incredible things here at SCU is the teachers' focus on the tradition of Ayurveda but also on how to bring it into the modern medical world.
"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."
Applicants for the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate generally must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.
Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services while enrolled at SCU can do so through the Student Services Office (SSO). We encourage you to register with SSO as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the approval and notification process.
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$11,475 tuition to complete the program.*
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Ayurvedic medicine includes a wide and rewarding range of practice opportunities, such as preventive care, health promotion, and disease management across a variety of client and patient populations. Ayurveda graduates can serve the general population, from young children to the elderly, as well as specific populations, as Ayurveda provides whole-person health and wellness care.
As an Ayurvedic healthcare professional, you’ll have many career options available to you, including:
Ayurveda Practitioners and Counselors work in variety of healthcare settings, such as, rehabilitation centers, home healthcare centers etc. They can also open a private practice in this field. The most common healthcare practitioners who include Ayurveda in their practices are holistic physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, and acupuncturists.
Earnings in the Ayurveda field vary widely depending on whether you’re a medical doctor with Ayurveda training or an independent practitioner with certificate training, and whether you work part time or full time. Salary data can be found at Salary.com.
Ayurveda graduates are able to do work that is meaningful because Ayurveda is a whole-person health system that is patient-centered and improves the health and lives of their patients through diet, lifestyle, herbs, and body therapies. Many graduates open their own businesses so they can be their own boss, which allows them to do meaningful work while also having flexibility. Within the curriculum, students learn practice management and how to develop and manage a clinical practice business.
SCU is an advocate for merging experiences of Ayurveda learned in Western and Eastern cultures, with a commitment to enhancing student training through international learning experiences. Studying abroad provides students with a global perspective on how different health practices, health care platforms, and cultural influences on health and wellness influence the delivery of healthcare.
The Ayurveda Medicine Department study abroad experience provides students the opportunity to learn ancient techniques and theories, paired with modern scientific research from prestigious universities and hospitals located where Ayurvedic medicine originated. The Ayurveda Medicine Department currently affiliates with esteemed organizations in India, including Amrita Center for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, and AVP Research Foundation.
Ayurveda students typically study abroad during the two-week intersession between Spring and Summer terms. Due to accreditation limitations, study abroad cannot award hours or credits toward the student’s program curriculum, though it serves as an exceptional self-enrichment and learning experience.
You wouldn’t be looking at this program if you weren’t interested in helping people find their healthiest life. Your dedication and enthusiasm for the growing movement toward whole-person wellness is what makes you the perfect fit for SCU. Now, begin to discover why we’re the perfect fit for you.
Our approach to Interprofessional Education is unique in California and across the country. Here, modern medicine unites with ancient and traditional healing arts to create an environment of engagement. SCU’s groundbreaking IPE model combines curriculum, clinic, community, and clubs to help you develop a broader base of knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for different perspectives on care which leads to a seamless transition from student to practitioner.
We bring together aspiring students from different disciplines so you can learn and excel side-by-side. The depth and breadth of this dynamic experience will prepare you to one day take the lead in a collaborative, interprofessional practice.
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