Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much do the AWC and AWP certification programs cost? 

The entire tuition for the Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program is $5,500.00 (not including registration and management fee). The tuition for the Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) course is $6,800.00 (not including registration or management fee). For AWP, required Internships are an additional cost.

 

2. Do I need a college degree or a prior license/certification to study Ayurveda at the 625 or 1,000 hour certification level?

  • For the Ayurveda Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program, no licenses or certifications in any field are required. KAA welcomes students from all educational backgrounds, with degrees, licenses or certifications in any other field.
  • For the Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) certification program, an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certification or equivalent is required.
  • For both AWC and AWP programs, a college degree is not required.

 

3. I’m not a health care professional; can I still earn a certificate and practice Ayurvedic medicine?

The primary prerequisite for the AWC program is a passion for Ayurveda. KAA welcomes students with a bachelor’s degree in any field. The minimum admission requirement is a high school diploma and, Basic Anatomy and Physiology. If you have not taken Anatomy and Physiology, you can finish the requirement within six (6) months of your start date. Kerala Ayurveda also offers an Anatomy & Physiology course. Inquire with Student Services for more information. 

 

4. Is it legal to practice Ayurveda in all fifty states?

A bill has been passed in ten states (California, Nevada, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Idaho, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico) allowing the residents of those states to approach the non-licensed healing practitioners with informed consent. 

 

5. Does each state regulate the practice of Ayurvedic sciences?

  • No.
  • Ayurvedic practitioners are not licensed in the United States, and its practice is not regulated by state or federal agencies. Standards of competency are set by individual schools that have received state approval. Ayurvedic practitioners in the United States are advised on how to practice legally within a limited scope of practice so they are not viewed as practicing medicine without a license.
  • We might say that Ayurveda’s current status in the U.S. is analogous to the Chinese medical profession during its early years in the 1970s. While each state does not regulate the practice of Ayurvedic medicine itself, some aspects of Ayurvedic practice may fall within the scope of professions that are regulated. Students and graduates of the academy should be careful not to allow their practice to overlap one of those regulated professions unless they are licensed in that particular profession. Please contact your local state representative for more information about regulations in your area. 

 

6. Can I practice Ayurveda outside of the state where I receive my certification?

  • Yes, Ayurveda is currently practiced all over the United States.
  • While none of the U.S. states currently have Ayurvedic practitioners or physicians as primary care physicians, many of these well-trained professionals utilize their education and skills in combination with other health care related credentials.
  • Yoga Instructors, Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Nutritionists/Dietitians, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and other health care professionals are recognizing and utilizing the benefits of educational training in Ayurveda. 
  • NAMA is currently working on developing educational standards, scope of practice, and related materials to support future licensing initiatives throughout the US.
  • Many Academy graduates use their Ayurvedic education to enhance pre-existing professional careers.

 

7. Is there an Ayurvedic association which links other practitioners and students together?

Yes, there is the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Many states have their own state associations such as the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM).

 

8. Is there an alumni association? Can I contact previous students?

Yes, we can provide you with the contact information of several students for you to talk to.  KAA is soon to announce a supportive network of alumni services and information.

 

9. How many of your graduates practice Ayurvedic medicine?

There are different ways students utilize their Ayurvedic education. Many of the students incorporate Ayurvedic knowledge in their current practice as physicians, nurses or massage therapists. Others start a career manufacturing and selling various Ayurvedic products, while others start a health counseling practice. ----Studying Ayurveda is very different than studying mathematics, accounting, or computers. You will learn about life studying Ayurveda. So your actual studying will happen during the day, when you are interacting with other people. If you read the text material for an hour to an hour and a half every morning (early morning ideally) you will do well in the course. What you read in the morning, you will experience during the day. Observing other people and interacting with them is the way you will learn true Ayurveda.

 

10. Are there monthly tests? I feel very anxious about taking tests.

Please try not feel anxious about the tests. The testing is done online and the student is given five (5) attempts at taking the test.  This highest score is recorded.  The tests are for you (and us) to know what you have learned and what you didn’t so we can keep you up to speed. We want to make sure our students understand all the Ayurvedic concepts clearly. Ayurveda is about human health, so a clear understanding is vital.

 

11. I will be traveling from out of town to attend classes; is there housing assistance available?

KAA does not have dormitories. There are a few hotels near the campuses where students can book a room for the weekend. The cost range is approximately $75-$125.  In the past, some students have made good friends with classmates and stayed with them on those weekends. KAA has no responsibility to assist a student in finding housing.

 

12. When can I visit the school? Do you have open houses or visitor’s events?

We allow our prospective students to sit in with the current class, so that they get a feel of the classroom setting and the topic. With a prior appointment, students are welcome to visit the academy and talk to the Academy Administrator. We are here to assist our students in any way we can.

 

13. What educational support and student services are provided?

Student mentoring is supplied throughout the entire term of the program and is included in the tuition cost. On occasion, KAA posts job openings as they become available on group emails to students and alumni. KAA will do its best to help graduates to get into practice or a related career but there are no specific student services for career planning or job placement.

 

14. Do you offer further Ayurvedic Studies?

The 1st level of study is the 625-hour Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program. The 2nd level is the 1000-hour Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) certification program.  With both of these levels of study and a separate Bachelor's Degree completed, you can study to receive a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) through Hindu University in Florida.

 

15. Where is your administrative office?

Kerala Ayurveda Academy & Wellness Center, 46500 Fremont Blvd #702, Fremont, CA. Contact Student Services at +1 (888) 275-9103 or support@ayurvedaacademy.com.

 

16. What materials do I need to bring to class and what should I expect in the classroom?

A notebook and writing implement.  KAA will provide classroom facilities and course manuals. The classes are taught in traditional, clean, well-lit classroom settings with tables and chairs for your comfort. 

 

17. What is the Practical Immersion?

The Practical Immersion runs twice per year and is open to AWC students enrolled in our Distance Learning program. Students who have enrolled after the Fall 2016 session may attend at no additional cost; students & alumni who enrolled prior to the Fall 2016 session may join at an additional cost of $500. Each Practical Immersion is scheduled in association with a specific AWC session and is designed to provide optimal hands-on learning to complement the studies of the online learner. Priority registration is initially limited to students from that Practical Immersion's respective AWC session. After the priority registration deadline ends, AWC students & alumni from previous AWC sessions may register.

 

18. If I have additional questions or concerns, who do I contact?

In case a student has any complaint, he/she may contact Student Services at +1 (888) 275-9103 or at support@ayurvedaacademy.com.  "Any questions a student, from the State of CA, may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, +1 (888) 370-7589.” Inquiries or complaints regarding this private vocational school may be made to the: Workforce Board, 128 10th Ave. SW, Box 43105, Olympia, Washington 98504. Web: wtb.wa.gov, phone: +1 (360) 709-4600, e-mail address: wtecb@wtb.wa.gov.

 

19. What else does the CA Licensing Board want me to know?

"As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement."