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Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP)

Program Description and AP Scope of Practice

In addition to assisting clients in the prevention of disease and promotion of health, Ayurvedic Practitioners help clients address disease using Ayurvedic principles of etiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment. Alongside diet and lifestyle, Ayurvedic Practitioners use herbs as medicine and recommend Ayurvedic purification and rejuvenative therapies. They also understand Western anatomy, physiology and pathology. They contribute to the profession by writing articles, doing research, teaching at professional conferences and presenting case studies.


Class Days and Times

  • The first class is 
  • All subsequent weekly classes are on Central Time excluding vacations and holidays.

Internship, Tuition and Other Details
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Online Ayurveda School

AP Program Description and Scope of Practice

The Year Two Ayurvedic Practitioner program consists of a total of 12 modules of clinical Ayurvedic Medicine studies as well as a concurrent internship. The internship provides students with practical experience. The certification process (including the internship) takes a minimum of 52 weeks (1 year) and maximum of 104 weeks (2 years) to complete including the internship. This program is a minimum of 930 hours. Click here for an explanation of the hours. AP students are required to spend at least 7 hours per week, outside of regular classes, completing their assignments. Ayurvedic Practitioners are competent in helping clients address disease using Ayurvedic etiology, (nidāna), pathology (samprāpti), diagnosis and management of diseases (kāya cikitsā), in addition to prevention of disease and promotion of health (svasthavṛtta). In addition to diet and lifestyle (āhāra and vihāra), Ayurvedic Practitioners use herbs as medicine (dravyaguṇa vijñāna) and Ayurvedic purification (śodhana cikitsā) and rejuvenative therapies (rasāyana). They also understand the basics of Western anatomy, physiology and pathology. They should be able to contribute to the profession by writing articles, doing research, teaching at professional conferences and presenting case studies. 

Anatomy and Physiology Pre/Corequisite

AP Students must fulfill at least six hours (4 more than AHCs) of a college-level Anatomy and Physiology pre/corequisite in order to obtain certification. The due date for completion is the same for the internship (). Refer to this document for options for fulfilling this requirement.

AP Required Textbooks  

Students purchase the texts they did not get during the AHC certification.

Book AuthorLow PriceHigh Price
1Caraka SaṃhitāTranslated by R.K. Sharma Volumes 1-7$170.00$185.00
2Aṣṭāñga SamgrahaTranslated by Prof. K.R. Srikantha Murthy Volumes 1-3$105.00$105.00
3Suśruta Saṃhitā Ancient Indian SurgeryTranslated by Prof. Singhal & Colleagues Volumes 1-3$125.00$125.00
4Mādhava NidānamK. R. Srikantha Murthy$32.00$40.00
5Aṣṭāñga HṛdayamK. R. Srikantha Murthy$100.00$157.00
6Rationale of Āyurvedic Psychiatry Dr. A.R.V. Murthy$32.00$40.00
7Plants with Healing Power Sonia Masocco$72.00$72.00
9Ayurvedic Medicine The Principles of Traditional Practice Sebastian Pole$12.88$40.00
8What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen – 100 Seasonal RecipesDivya Alter$16.92$29.52
9Radiant Living online materials on Google DrivePatricia Wickman with excerpts from various sources00
10Radiant Living Internship FormsPatricia Wickman00
Total$565.80$636.52

AP Admission Requirements and Advanced Standing

To begin the Ayurvedic Practitioner coursework, students must have the equivalent of an Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification. Students transferring from other schools must complete an introductory module and receive 70% or higher on an entrance exam in order to register for the AP Program. Transfer students who have not completed an AHC internship, are required to do so with a Radiant Living supervisor prior to or concurrently with the Ayurvedic Practitioner course work. In order to receive advanced standing, the student must provide transcripts from their previous school. Radiant Living will determine whether or not advanced standing will be granted based on the curriculum and hours compared to the previous school. If a student has already completed partial Ayurvedic Practitioner studies at a previous school and wishes to transfer mid-year, the program length and cost will be determined on a student-by-student basis. Tuition for students with advanced standing will be prorated based on the modules they attend with Radiant Living. 

Students must be fluent in verbal and written English. There is no minimum age for applicants. An application and interview will be conducted with each student prior to acceptance as part of the 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. There are training sessions in advance of the start of classes to make sure students understand how to use the virtual classroom technology. 

AP Schedule and Curriculum

Class Schedule

Enrollment Period: 7/1/21 – 1/6/22

The first class is _______ and is weekly from ________pm Central Time excluding holidays and breaks. The last Thursday class is ______________.

  1. Class is once a week for two hours.
  2. There is one six-day in-person clinical retreat in Texas. The date for the retreat is to be determined. 

The deadline to have all coursework, patient encounters and the Anatomy and Physiology class done is ________.

PRE MODULE

Review of Ayurvedic Health Counselor Curriculum; Introduction for Transfer Students

Introduction to the Classical Texts
Āhāra / Food / Diet Review
Vihāra Chikitsā Lifestyle Dinacaryā Rātricaryā Ṛtucaryā Sadvṛta

MODULE 1

Ayurvedic Cikitsā; Rasavāha Srotas – Pathway for Plasma

Introduction to Ayurvedic Cikitsā (Treatment)
Jvara / Jwara – fever 
Ayurveda Cikitsā Review: Laṅghanabṛṁhaṇīya – Two Kinds of Therapies Śamana CikitsāNidāna PañcakamDoṣa Gati
Śodhana / Pañcakarma – Elimination of Aggravated Doṣas
🌱Module 1 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 2

Mahavāha Srotas: Annavāha Srotas and Puriṣavaha Srotas – Digestive System

Grahaṇī – Diseases of the Duodenum, Celiac, SpruAlasaka – Food neither moves upward or downward, does not undergo digestion, but stays leisurely inside the stomach Viṣūcika – Vomiting and diarrhea at the same timeAjīrṇa – Indigestion (“un”digestion)Aruci / Arocaka – Anorexia / Loss of Appetite / Ageusia (inability to taste) / Disdain for food Atyagni – Hypermetabolism
Atīsāra – DiarrheaArśas – Hemorrhoids / Piles Ānāha – Feelings that Accompany NauseaCardi/Chardi – Vomiting
Vibandha विबन्ध – Constipation Ānāha – Āma (undigested food materials), or feces inside the alimentary tract that causes obstruction to the normal movement [of the bowels] and nausea Udāvarta – upward movement of gases / abdominal disease due to retention of feces [due to compromised apāna vāyu] Alasaka – Food neither moves upward or downward, does not undergo digestion, but stays leisurely inside the stomach Kṛimi Kṛmi – Intestinal Parasites Parasitic Disease Bhangañdara Pratiṣedha – Treatment of Rectal Fistula
Udara Śūla – Colicky Abdominal Pain / Stomach AcheAmlapitta – Gastritis, Hyperchlorhydria / Hyperacidity, Peptic UlcersUdara Roga – Enlargement of the Abdomen
🌱Module 2 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 3

Manovāha Srotas, Bhūtavidyā/Manovijñāna – Psychiatry; Śālākya Tantra – Ayurvedic ENT

Introduction to Manovaha Srotas, Bhūtavidyā / Manovijñāna (Psychiatry); Diagnostics
Ayurvedic Integrative Care for Mental Illnesses Smṛtibhramṣa – Memory loss/Lack of Cognition, Alzheimer’s / Dementia
Apasmāra – Epilepsy
Depression, Anxiety, Addiction
Unmāda – Psychosis / ‘Insanity’ 
🌱Module 3 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 4

Vāta Vyādhi – Vāta Diseases / Disease of the Nervous System

Introduction to Vāta VyādhiKārśya कार्श्य Emaciation
Śula – PainSleep Disorders
ŚirorogaHeadacheMigraineGṛdrasi/Gridhrasi – Sciatica
Pakśāvadha – Hemiplegia/Paralysis Associated with StrokeĀkśepaka – Spasms/Convulsions
🌱Module 4 Herb Workshop🌱
Kampavāta – Parkinson’s Disease

MODULE 5

Prāṇavāha Srotas – Pathway for Respiration; Raktavaha Srotas – Pathway for Blood

Śvāsa – Dyspnea / AsthmaHicca / Hikka – HiccupsDr. Asavari Manvikar taught 12/3/20
Kāsa – cough Dr. Anusha taught
Raktapitta – Bleeding Disorders – Dr. Anusha covered 8/20/20Dāha – Burning Sensations
🌱Module 5 Herb Workshop🌱
Kāmalā – Jaundice
Pāṇḍu(roga) – Anemia

MODULE 6

Tvak – Skin, Hṛid Roga – Heart Disease

Tvak – Skin Part I
Kuṣṭha – Obstinate Skin Diseases Including Leprosy
Tvak – Skin Part II
Visarpa – Erysipelas and Herpes
Kaṇdu – Pruritus
Hṛid Roga – Diseases of The Heart Part I
🌱Module 6 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 7

Maṃsavāha Srotas – Pathway for Muscle Tissue; Asthivāha Srotas – Pathways of the Bony Tissue; Majjavāha Srotas – Pathways of the Bone Marrow

Hṛid Roga – Diseases of The Heart Part II
Vātarakta / Vāta Rakta South India – Rheumatoid Arthritis; North India – Gout
Asthigata Vāta – Osteoporosis Sandhigata Vāta Osteoarthritis Āma Vāta – Rheumatoid Arthritis 
Majjavaha Srotas – Pathways of Bone Marrow; Aggravation of Vāyu in Bones and Bone Marrow
🌱Module 7 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 8

Śukravaha Srotas – Pathways of the Male Reproductive Tissue Male Conditions; Ārtavavaha Srotas – Pathways of Female Reproductive Tissue; Introduction to Stri Roga – Gynecology

Klaibya – Impotence and Infertility, Conditions Associated with the Penis/Male Reproductive System
Yonivyāpat Part I – Diseases of the Uterus/Vagina Female Fertility
Yonivyāpat Part II Diseases of the Uterus/Vagina
Pradara – Menorrhagia
🌱Module 8 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 9

Introduction to Prasuti – Obstetrics/Ayurvedic Perinatal; Stanyavāha Srotas – Pathways of Breast Milk; Introduction to Kaumārabhṛtya – Pediatrics/Children’s Health

Introduction to Prasuti – Obstetrics/Ayurvedic Perinatal 
Introduction to Prasuti – Obstetrics/Ayurvedic Perinatal Part IIStanya Roga – Diseases of the Breasts
Introduction to Kaumārabhṛtya / Bālacikitsā – Pediatrics / Children’s Health
🌱Module 9 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 10

Medovāha Srotas – Pathways of Fat; Ambuvāha Srotas – Pathways of Water; Vṛkka Kidneys – Aśmari

Medo Roga – Disease of Fatty Tissue 
Sthaulya – Obesity
Prameha – Urinary Diseases in General
Tṛṣṇa – Morbid Thirst
Additional Disorders of the Urinary Tract
Aśmari – Kidney Calculi
Śopha – Edema/Swelling/Dropsy
🌱Module 10 Herb Workshop🌱

MODULE 11

Arbuda – Cancer; Gulma – Abdominal Tumors; Gaṇḍamālā – Scrofula – Chain of Swellings

Topic
Part 1
Granthi – Tumors; Galagaṇḍa – Goiter / Cervical Adenitis; Gulma – Abdominal tumors; Arbuda – Cancer; Gaṇḍamālā – Scrofula
Part 2
Granthi – Tumors; Galagaṇḍa – Goiter / Cervical Adenitis; Gulma – Abdominal tumors; Arbuda – Cancer; Gaṇḍamālā – Scrofula
Module 11 Herb Workshop
Part 3
Granthi – Tumors; Galagaṇḍa – Goiter / Cervical Adenitis; Gulma – Abdominal tumors; Arbuda – Cancer; Gaṇḍamālā – Scrofula
Galagaṇḍa – Goiter / Cervical Adenitis – Thyroid disorders

MODULE 12

Review / Final Exam Preparation

Review
🌱 Module 12 Herb Workshop 🌱 

AP Internship

The Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Internship consists of 100 patient encounters in addition to the 50 AHC internship PEs. 50 of these encounters are observation and 50 intern-facilitated encounters with either direct or indirect supervision. Patient encounters will occur throughout the school year and interns are given a maximum of 6 months after coursework has ended to complete the internship. The appointments, including the $100 supervisor fee for each client, are paid for by clients and are not included in tuition.

AP Tuition, Textbooks and Additional Costs

AP Tuition:

  1. Full tuition is $6,600 and must be paid in monthly installments (at no monthly interest charge). An initial payment of $550 must be received via Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, bank transfer, check or money order at least five days prior to the first scheduled class (). Eleven remaining payments of $550 each will be assessed on the first of the month to your card on file.

Tuition discounts are available if you opt for the quarterly payment plan or to pay tuition in full upfront.

  1. Quarterly Tuition Plan – 5% Discount: An initial payment of $1,567.50 must be received via Venmo, Zelle, bank transfer, check, money order at least five days prior to the first scheduled class (). Three remaining payments of $1,567.50 are due at the beginning of each new quarter (). Total Tuition: $6,270 (at no monthly interest charge).
  1. Full Tuition Upfront – 10% Discount: The full payment of $5,940 must be received via Venmo, Zelle, bank transfer, check, money order at least five days prior to the first scheduled class ()

All initial payments include a $100 non-refundable application fee. 

Tuition Policy

All monthly payments must be received by the first day of the month in order for the student to attend class. All quarterly payments must be received by the first day of the quarter in order for the student to attend class. Certificates are awarded after the tuition is paid in full. 

Students plan accordingly for additional costs related to their studies, including: 

  • Retreat travel
  • Anatomy and Physiology class
  • At-home office
  • Optional body therapy training in San Antonio 
  • Optional in-person training if you choose to obtain a NAMA membership (The estimated fees are not included in the summary chart.)

Summary of AP Tuition and Fees

ItemEstimate
Tuition$5,940.00
Books$590.78
Retreat Travel$400.00
At-home office$100.00
Anatomy and Physiology Class$318.00 
Optional Body Therapy Training (not including travel)$0.00
Fee for extended internship$0.00
Total$7,348.78

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