Ayurvedic Practitioner–Next Session Starts in January 2018

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Next Session Starts in January 2018

The in-class section gives students a thorough understanding of clinical Ayurvedic Medicine followed by an internship program which focuses on application of clinical Ayurvedic principles.

  • The approval process (including the internship) takes a minimum of 78 weeks (1.5 years) and maximum of 104 weeks (2 years) to complete.
  • 10 academic class modules + 2 internship class modules.

Successful completion of Year Two prepares students to clinically analyze each client through the lens of Ayurvedic medicine with regards to the digestive, nervous, endocrine, immune, respiratory, urinary cardiovascular, women’s reproductive, men’s reproductive systems, etc. This additional training prepares practitioners to understand pathology and disease management beyond that of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

Practitioners also practice health promotion by preparing custom-fit Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle programs, detox and rejuvenation plans and herbal formulas for their clients. Practitioners who wish to be certified to administer panchakarma body therapies will need to register for the Certified Panchakarma Therapist program which is separate from both the AHC and AP programs.


Admission Requirements

  • Students must have the equivalent of an Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification. If a student would like to transfer from another Ayurvedic school and has not yet completed an AHC internship, the student will need to do that with Patricia Wickman as her/his mentor currently while doing the Ayurvedic Practitioner course work.
  • Students must also have a high school diploma or the equivalent and be fluent in verbal and written English.
  • There is no minimum age for applicants. There is no entrance test for the Radiant Living Online School of Ayurveda. A personal interview will be conducted with each student prior to acceptance as part of our selection criteria.
  • Students must have reliable internet access in order to participate in the virtual classroom, keep up with class communications and have adequate access to research and study resources. Students must have basic computer skills including word processing. Patricia will hold training sessions in advance of the start of classes to make sure students understand how to use the virtual classroom technology.


Required Texts

  • Textbook of Ayurveda Volume 2 by Vasant Lad
  • Textbook of Ayurveda Volume 3 by Vasant Lad
  • Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch
  • Madava Nidanam by Madhava Kara and translated by K.R. Srikantha Murthy
  • Women’s Power to Heal by Maya Tiwari
  • Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide by Dr. David Frawley
  • Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts with Medicines (4th Edition) by Francis Brinker
  • Radiant Living Pre and Post Class Materials by Patricia Wickman with excerpts from various sources
  • Radiant Living Internship Packet by Patricia Wickman


  • The Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Internship consists of 100 patient encounters over and above the 50 of the AHC internship.
  • 25 are observation, 25 are under direct supervision and 50 completely one-on-one with direct or indirect supervision.
  • Patient encounters must be completed in 6-12 months. Once 6 months have passed and the intern has completed the minimum number of patient visits, the intern may practice privately as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Final Project

The final project includes compiling and presenting a case study that involves the use of clinical Ayurvedic skills. The student will demonstrate her/his ability to examine a client’s pathogenesis (by using Ayurvedic diagnostic strategies) and design a customized treatment program for their client. The student will present this case study to the entire class.