3 Terms | 1 Year, Full-Time
6 Terms | 2 Year, Part-Time
Summer: May 8th, 2023
Fall: September 5th, 2023
Spring: January 8th, 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 I program is both an educational journey and personal transformation with a multitude of professional opportunities resulting for graduates. In this process, a student will grow as a natural medicine healer and empower others to lead healthier happier lives. This program educates students to serve the community in the area of prevention and health promotion through Ayurvedic guidance on diet, lifestyle, basic rejuvenating herbs and spices, bodywork therapies, basic yoga, and meditation practices.
Assessment tools taught as part of the Ayurvedic Educators program enables graduates to determine the individual’s body constitution and the balanced and unbalanced states of the doshas (natural energy), agni (digestive fire/transformatory energy), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products) with traditional Indian medicine. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification Exam and are eligible to continue their education in the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate (Level II) program.
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 weekday online interactive (set class time), weekend on-campus classes, and clinical education.
Supervised by SCU faculty, students receive extensive clinical training at SCU’s University Health Center. The University Health Center provides care to over 45,000 patients per year and is equipped with an expansive herbal pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, and an electronic health record system.
Interact with students from other programs while in clinical education so you can learn and excel side-by-side.
Students completing the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate (Level I) are qualified to continue to the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate (Level II).
An optional trip to universities in India to learn more about traditional healing practices firsthand.
Upon completion of the Ayurvedic Wellness program, students are qualified to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board exam, which enables students to become Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselors in the U.S.
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.
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Students 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.
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Our understanding and respect for Ayurvedic medicine’s cultural and philosophical roots form the foundation of our program. 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 Ayurveda 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 at the SCU University Health Center.
During the Ayurveda Wellness Educator program, students will 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 a seasonal routine that emphasizes health promotion.
For full program information, view the catalog.
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, blended, and in an online format.
Part-time schedule (6 Terms | 24 months): Students in the part-time program are expected to enroll part-time for six consecutive terms including the summer. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format.
SCU’s Ayurveda Certificate Programs include coursework in many Ayurvedic therapies. Each therapy has unique benefits that will restore balance to the body and mind in future patients. Therapies include Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Shiroabhyanga, Greeva Basti, Kati Basti, and Janu Basti.
During the first year of education, students will have an understanding of yoga philosophies that influence Ayurveda in health promotion. Students will also learn various yoga practices such as Asanas, meditation, and various breathing techniques.
This program 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 to disease-causing factors and preventing the advancement of chronic diseases. Herbs and dietetic substances that enhance memory, eyesight, energy, and complexion will be highlighted.
This program introduces the student to the concepts and principles of Ayurvedic Herbology and pharmacology. The course will impart knowledge about how to prepare, and use common Ayurvedic herbs along with basic pharmaceuticals for health promotion and wellness care and will also provide instruction on diet, yoga, lifestyle recommendation, therapies, herbs, and spices for health promotion and wellness care.
This program also includes 120 hrs of Western Anatomy and Physiology courses where students will understand and develop the foundational principles of biological science.
Note: times are Pacific Time (PT), a “term” is 15 weeks, and the schedule is subject to change.
Courses are typically held on the following days, for students in the 6-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.
|Anatomy & Physiology I||60||4|
|Anatomy & Physiology II||60||4|
|Ayurvedic Basic Principles I||45||3|
|Ayurvedic Preventative Science||45||3|
|Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics I||45||3|
|Ayurvedic Rejuvenation I||30||2|
|Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Work I (includes lab)||60||3|
|Yoga I (includes lab)||45||2|
|Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing||45||3|
|Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship I||30||2|
|Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II||60||2|
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.
Accreditation confirms that SCU programs, faculty, resources and partnerships are meeting or exceeding national standards for education. Southern California University of Health Sciences is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501. Phone: (510) 748-9001.
This program is a National Ayurvedic Medicine Accreditation Council (NAMAC) recognized Ayurvedic Health Counselor 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."
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$9,900 tuition to complete the program.*
SCU’s distinctive Fixed Rate Tuition Guarantee for the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator program provides students with confidence in planning for their educational investment.
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*Tuition is charged at $225 per credit hour.
**Program fees listed are for the 2022/2023 academic year and are subject to change. Program fees include charges for technology, student health, and malpractice insurance, and are charged every term that the student is enrolled.
**Books, supplies, and other equipment not included in this tuition and fee schedule may be required for this program.
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.
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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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