The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2
 
Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 1

The Ayurvedic Studies Program is 1500 hours of total classroom time.

The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1 (ASP1), is the foundation of the educational programs offered at The Ayurvedic Institute. Students acquire a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, Sanskrit, Ayuryoga, Anatomy and Physiology, and client relationships.

ASP1 is also considered a time to increase self-awareness, self-nurturance, community building, and rigorous study of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. In each week of this program, an estimated 50-60 hours is dedicated to lecture, class, study, and practice.

There are two ways to participate in ASP1: Certificate of Completion Track or Personal Track.
1 CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
On the Certificate Track, graduating students leave with a certificate as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. ASP1’s curriculum is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. ASP1 meets competencies required for professional membership at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level. ASP1’s scope of practice is focused on assessing a generally healthy person’s constitution and basic imbalances of dosha, agni, āma and dhātu. Students will be able to create recommendations to address these imbalances using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices to encourage a lifestyle of balance. Students will also be able to recognize when to refer to either a licensed medical professional or a higher-level Ayurvedic practitioner for more advanced work including herbal formulations.

2 PERSONAL TRACK
This is intended for students focused on their own personal enrichment and who are not looking to develop a professional practice of Ayurveda. Personal Track students take all of the same classes as the Certificate Track students with the exception of classes oriented towards seeing clients. Personal Track students are under the same standards and guidelines for attendance but are exempt from taking the quizzes and exams. Upon graduation, these students receive a Certificate of Personal Track Completion.

 

Dr. Lad conducting a seminar

What to Expect from the Schedule for ASP1

ASP1 includes lectures, breakout sessions, an emphasis on practice exercises, client evaluations, and oral and written examinations. Students earn 720 total hours of classroom time. In addition, we anticipate approximately 720 hours of study, homework, and self-practice.

Our ASP1 Program runs from October through June with electives being offered over the summer. Our classes are designed to complement and build upon each other and are the place where you and your fellow classmates will learn both with and from each other. To foster both this continuity and community, there is a set curriculum and schedule everyone follows.

Our Academic Catalog for 2016-2017 has examples of our ASP1 course offerings.

Vasant Lad Instructing Clinic Students


Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 2

The second year of the Ayurvedic Studies Program builds upon ASP1 with an emphasis on increasing depth and breadth of knowledge and application in a clinical setting. Graduates of ASP2 leave with a Certificate of Ayurvedic Practitioner. ASP2’s curriculum is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. ASP2 meet competencies required for professional membership at the Ayurvedic Practitioner level. Graduates are competent in a scope of practice that includes being able to assess an individual’s unique constitution and elements of physiological imbalance according to dosha, agni, āma, gati, and srotas.

Graduates of ASP2 are able to create recommendations using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices along with herbal protocols and Ayurvedic treatments that include external basti, lepa and marma therapy to encourage healing and a lifestyle in balance with nature. Graduates of ASP2 also understand the need to refer to either a licensed medical professional or a higher level Ayurvedic practitioner for more advanced work including a refined understanding of the disease and advanced herbal, cleansing or treatment protocols.

 

ASP2 includes lectures, breakout sessions, and an emphasis on practical exercises and supervised clinical consultations. Students earn 780 total hours of classroom and supervised clinical consultation time in class and in our on-campus clinic. Classes and clinical rotations are typically scheduled for Monday through Saturday. In addition to class and clinic hours, we anticipate approximately 780 hours of study groups, homework, self-practice, and study.

Our ASP2 Program runs from October through June with electives being offered over the summer. Our courses and clinic rotations are designed to complement and build upon each other. To foster both continuity and community, there is a set curriculum and schedule that everyone follows. Classes are concurrent with practicing in the student clinic.

Our Academic Catalog for 2016-2017 has examples of our ASP2 course offerings.

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Graduate Clinical Internship

We offer our ASP2 graduates an opportunity to further their supervised time with clients and expand their scope of practice in our advanced clinical internships. Our Ayurvedic Center for Healing, Life, and Longevity is our on-campus Ayurvedic clinic that is open to the public. Graduate Interns both observe and follow clients with the support of a senior practitioner. This program includes mentorship, client supervision, and grand rounds with fellow interns.

Our Graduate Clinical Internship runs during each of our three ten-week trimesters; graduates may opt-in to up to three trimesters. There are approximately 12 clinical hours per week plus optional classroom time to audit new classes or re-experience previously taken courses. The content of Graduate Clinical Internship includes a blending of observation, case discussion, and one-on-one client consultation. Graduate Interns work in a clinical team with a professional practitioner to determine Ayurvedic conclusions as well as treatment protocols.

 

The scope of a Graduate Clinical Interns is to assess an individual’s unique constitution and elements of physiological imbalance according to dosha, agni, āma, gati, srotas, and samprāpti with a refined sense of classical imbalance paradigms. They will create recommendations that address a cohesive understanding of the person’s unique imbalance using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices along with herbal protocols, cleansing and Ayurvedic treatments that include external basti, lepa
and marma therapy to encourage healing and a lifestyle in balance with nature. They will understand the need to refer to either a licensed medical professional or a higher-level Ayurvedic practitioner for more advanced work including a refined understanding of the therapeutic approach to a given imbalance and advanced herbal, cleansing or treatment protocols.

For more information, contact the Student Services Coordinator at 505-291-9698, Extension 126 or email at studentservices(at)ayurveda.com.

Instruction in Our Graduate Clinic
Clinical Residency Program

For those who have completed and excelled in the graduate clinical internship, we offer an additional level of training and practice in our Clinical Residency Program.

Clinical Residency is a paid position and typically lasts an entire academic year.

  Residents work with greater independence in the clinic through the academic year with a mentor to further refine their clinical skills and thinking. Their work is focused toward following clients through their healing journey by providing continuity of care and support. In their role as clinical supervisors, residents continue to refine their understanding by guiding more novice students.
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