FAQ

1. How much do the programs cost?

The entire tuition for the AWC program is $5000.00 and for the AWP program is $11,000.00 (Includes India Intensive tuition). There are multiple payment plans for easy payment that may alter this final total.

 

2. Is it legal to practice Ayurveda in all of the states?

A bill has been passed in five states (California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Rhode Island) to allow the practice of alternative medicine, which includes Ayurveda. Currently, Iowa and New Mexico are working on passing the bill. The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) is working on getting Ayurveda licensed in the United States.

 

3. 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 taught 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 US 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.

 

4. Can I practice Ayurveda outside of California or Washington?

Yes, Ayurveda is currently practiced all over the United States. While none of the US 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 (National Ayurvedic Medicine Association) is currently working on developing educational standards, scope of practice, and related materials to support future licensing initiatives throughout the US.

While many Academy graduates use their Ayurvedic education to enhance preexisting professional careers, Kerala Ayurveda Academy currently does not offer placement assistance.

 

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

Yes, there is National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM).

 

6. 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.

 

7. How will I take the exams with Distance Learning?

We have a program set-up to administer your testing remotely from the comfort of your own home.

 

8. How will I get hands-on experience through Distance Learning?

We will set-up a separate 3-day weekend where you will be able to come to campus and get necessary hands-on experience. We also recommend that you attend 2-3 classes on-campus.

 

9. How will I complete the internship through Distance Learning?

We will set up clinics in several states for you to complete a week-long internship. You will be able to do the follow-ups on-line.

 

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

Sure you can. The primary prerequisite for the 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 with college level courses in English, Basic Anatomy and Physiology. If you have not taken Anatomy and Physiology before, you can finish the requirement within six (6) months of your start date.

 

11. 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 such as Doctors, nurses, massage therapists, etc. Few 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 hour and a half every morning (early morning – ideally) you will do well. 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.

 

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

You should not feel anxious about tests at all. They 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.

 

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

There are a few hotels near the campuses where students can book a room for the weekend. We have special rates available from hotels in our area. Please check with one of our school representatives for rates and availability. 

 

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

We arrange audits for our classes throughout our learning centers. 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 come by and talk to the program coordinator about the details of the program. You may also preview our classes and instructors by clicking here.

 

15. After I graduate is there career planning and placement? How much can I expect to earn?

KAA posts job openings as they become available on the student services bulletin board and through our representatives. KAA will do its best to help graduates to get into practice or a related career. Salaries vary greatly.