American Āyurvedic Health Counselor (Svastha Āchārya) Training Program

Objective and purpose

The American Āyurvedic Health Counselor (Svastha Āchārya) Training Program prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as an American Āyurvedic Health Counselor. Graduates may find employment in health and wellness centers, integrative health centers, spas, yoga studios and health and fitness studios. Graduates often incorporate Āyurveda into an existing health practice or other health and wellness related business. Students will learn the foundations of Āyurveda, avenues of practice, core principles, components of health, how to assess a healthy individual and how to guide individuals to promote their health using diet, lifestyle, herbs and self-care. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to select appropriate clients to work with, perform Āyurvedic health assessments, identify areas of improvement, customize and recommend health improvement plans and follow-up with clients to help them improve results.

The goal of the American Āyurvedic Health Counselor (Svastha Āchārya) Training Program is to produce graduates who:

  1. Have an exceptionally high level of authentic Āyurvedic knowledge and training
  2. Have mastered the basic principles and their practical application in a scientific manner
  3. Can demonstrate practical results of principles in real-world situations
  4. Are competent and confident to work within their scope of practice to guide clients in promoting and maintaining sustainable health
  5. Are highly effective in collaborating with other Āyurvedic professionals to provide positive health outcomes

Program Outline

The course covers subjects ranging from core training requirements for healthcare professionals in Āyurveda through advanced practical application. All subjects listed here are taken in this order throughout the program.

Semester Subject number Title Contact hours Semester credits
Lecture LAB INT Total
Summer AYU-101 Foundations for the study of professional Āyurveda 60 0 0 60 4.0
Fall AYU-110 Core principles of Āyurveda (Siddhānta) 45 0 0 45 3.0
AYU-111 Study of the human body in Āyurveda (Śārīra) 45 0 0 45 3.0
AYU-112 Principles of healthy living in Āyurveda (Svastha vṛtta) 45 0 0 45 3.0
Spring AYU-120 Foundations of therapeutic management in Āyurveda (Nidāna & Cikitsā I) 45 0 0 45 3.0
AYU-121 Classical study I 45 0 0 45 3.0
AYU-122 Clinical practice I 45 0 0 45 3.0
Internship AYU-150 Clinical Internship 20 20 232 272 6.5
Total 350 20 232 602 28.5

 

The hours that count towards Contact Hours and Semester Credits include direct instruction, examinations, supervised clinical training and independent clinical practice. Time spent on individual study, homework, project work, review and memorization is not included in Contact Hours. Based on the Semester Credit system, students should expect to spend 2-3 hours of additional study time per class per week for each credit. For example, a semester class carrying one credit would typically require one hour of lecture over 15 to 16 weeks plus 2-3 hours of additional study outside of class per week.

One academic semester credit hour is equal to a minimum course time of 15 hours of classroom lecture, 30 hours of laboratory experience, or 45 hours of internship.

Following the standard schedule, students can expect to complete this course over approximately 52 weeks not including vacation breaks. The maximum amount of time to allowed complete the program is 1,204 contact hours.

As part of the Clinical Internship, students must complete and submit records of case management for a minimum of 50 case encounters. These primarily include observed cases, group study cases and those managed independently for initial or follow-up cases. Up to 10 demonstration cases covered in lecture and lab may be included.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the entire program, students graduate and receive the Certificate of Completion of the American Āyurvedic Health Counselor (Svastha Āchārya) Training Program.

For complete information about the program, review the current Course Catalog.