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AA: Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program

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Dates

Application deadline: August 15, 2020

 

Program starts: August 31, 2020

Program ends: April 24, 2021

 

Overview

The Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program is an accelerated professional program for graduates of the Bachelor of Āyurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree program (minimum 5.5 years).  Learn how the healthcare system and functions and its impact on medicine in the United States with legal, ethical and professional standards of practice. Understand the roles of common practices of medicine with a detailed examination of integrative medicine.

The BAMS Bridge program emphasizes utilizing students' abilities to learn independently and through expert instruction. Since students are recognized as Āyurvedic Doctors in India, they are expected to perform at a high level of academic achievement in both learning formats.

Graduates work independently and collaboratively in a range of Āyurvedic healthcare settings from private practice to collaborative clinics including Pañchakarma.

Track A: For non-BAMS graduates, candidates must complete Levels I (AHC), II (SA) and III (PC). Starts January 2022.

Track B: BAMS-Bridge, for BAMS graduates only. Open for enrollment now.

 

Skills and Outcomes

The AA (BAMS) Program trains graduates to:

  • Understand full scope of practice of classical Āyurveda in the US.

  • Collaborate with Āyurvedic professionals at all levels nationally and globally.

  • Attend to patients and clients efficiently within scope.

  • Delegate healthcare management to appropriate roles in American Āyurveda.

  • Refer patients appropriately and work collaboratively in models of integrative medicine.

Highlights

 

Instructor: TBA

Program length

  • 260 hours total

  • 150 hours live, online class and self-study

  • 110 hours clinical externship 

Pre-requirements

  • Age 18 years or older on admission

  • Valid, government-issued photo ID

  • Valid email address

  • Track A: For non-BAMS graduates, candidates must complete Levels I, II and III.

  • Track B: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) or equivalent andTOEFL (min score 80) or proficiency waiver

Full scope Āyurveda in the US

Students address a range of practical and legal concerns for practicing full scope Āyurveda in the United States. The program emphasizes maintaining the integrity and extent of classical Āyurveda as practiced in India today through collaboration and coordination with existing medical facilities.

Classes

  • Two-hour classes are held once a week on Tuesday evenings during fall semester. All academic lecture classes are online

  • Externship daily schedules are flexible for telehealth clinical practice. All hours must be completed by the final day of the program. Students can complete the entire externship online.

Costs and payment plan

  • One-time registration fee, $100

  • Total tuition, including clinical externship, $1,120

  • Textbooks, $320

Additional requirements

  • Personal computer and internet connection

Qualified candidates

 

All candidates for the Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program must meet the General Admission Criteria. Additionally, US or International candidates must meet their specific criteria.

General Admission Criteria

  1. Age: at least 18 years of age on the first day of class

  2. Identification: valid copy of government-issued photo ID

  3. Email: valid email address and consent to receive all correspondence electronically

Criteria for US candidates only

  1. Education: submit proof of completion of secondary education (high school diploma, GED certificate or the home-schooling equivalent) or higher

  2. Interview: complete an online live interview with an Admissions Counselor

  3. Pre-requisites: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) or equivalent

Criteria for International candidates only

  1. Education: submit proof of completion for the home country's equivalent of secondary education

  2. Interview: complete an online, live interview with an Admissions Counselor

  3. English: demonstrated proficiency in English during Admissions Interview

  4. Pre-requisites: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) or equivalent and TOEFL (min score 80) or proficiency waiver

All international credentials in any language other than English must be translated with equivalency proof. Translations are accepted from any of the following Foreign Credential Evaluation Services:


https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/Out-of-State_Certification/Foreign_Credential_Evaluation_Services/

 

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The pre-requisites for the Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program are:

 

  • Track A:  successful completion of Levels I (AHC), II (SA) and III (PC)

  • Track B: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) or equivalent and TOEFL (min score 80) or proficiency waiver.

Course descriptions

 

The Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program includes five lecture courses and one clinical externship course.

[AYU-501] Introduction to US health care and medicine

Online, 2.0 credits 

30 hours total 

Independent study

Students are introduced to the US health care system and its role in the practice of medicine. They examine relevant modes of health care delivery, roles of practitioners in varying scopes, pharmaceuticals, policies and other aspects of infrastructure.

[AYU-502] Communication skills for the health care professional

Online, 2.0 credits 

30 hours total 

Independent study

Students review verbal and non-verbal communication methods for patients and health care providers by practicing writing skills, professional communication and interviewing techniques. Students learn how to adapt communication for patients appropriately for culture, sexual orientation, disability and more. Students learn best practices for communication through electronic channels.

[AYU-503] Introduction to medical law, ethics, bioethics

Online, 2.0 credits 

30 hours total 

Independent study

Students are introduced to medical law, ethics and bioethics in the health care setting as they apply to medical practice management. Students learn how jurisdiction and law affect professional liabilities and duties of care. They review issues in care, medical records, payments and bioethics.

[AYU-510] Introduction to the practice of American Ayurveda

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class 

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students are introduced to the practice of Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine outside of India and its inherent challenges, obstacles and potential solutions. Students review the daśavidha par kṣa and its practical application in Western culture. Students learn preliminary methods of standardized cikitsā in American Āyurveda.

[AYU-520] Āyurveda and Integrative Medicine for BAMS

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn how American Āyurveda can be practiced as Integrative Medicine in various health care paradigms and modalities. Students review integrative methodologies of standardized cikitsā in Western medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, mental health, massage and other major modalities.

[AYU-570] Bridge clinical rotation I (observation)

Online, 1.0 credits

40 hours

Lab, clinical observation, clinical discussion

Externs begin clinical rotation I by observing case management in American Āyurveda. Then they observe a variety of live cases with professionals at all levels of practice. Externs may complete this course online via telehealth and must submit case documentation for at least 20 observed cases.

[AYU-580] Bridge clinical rotation II (practice)

Online, 1.5 credits

70 hours

Clinical practice, clinical discussion

Externs practice American Āyurveda through direct case management with patients and clients. They practice independently and collaborative to manage cases with professionals at all levels of practice. Externs may complete this course online via telehealth and must submit case documentation for at least 30 managed cases.

 

Clinical externship

Clinical externship includes two portions of training:

  • Bridge clinical rotation I (observation) with 40 hours of case management observation in American Āyurveda via telehealth. Externs must submit case documentation for at least 20 observed cases. Jan 4 - Feb 20, 2021

  • Bridge clinical rotation II (practice) with 70 hours of direct case management in American Āyurveda via telehealth. Externs must submit case documentation for at least 30 managed cases. Feb 22 - April 24, 2021

Schedules

 

The Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program is taught in three segments.

  1. Self-study period, completed before Sept 1, 2020

  2. Fall semester, Sept 1 to Dec 8, 2020

  3. Spring semester, Jan 9 to April 24, 2021

Fall semester class schedules

Sept 1 to Dec 8, 2020

  1. Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (ET)

  2. Sundays, 4 to 7 pm (ET)

No class for holidays on Sun, Sept 6 and Sun, Nov 28, 2020

Spring semester class schedules

January 9 to April 24, 2021

  1. Saturday Jan 9  10:30 am to 5:30 pm (ET)

  2.  Sunday, Jan 10 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (ET)

  3. Clinical externship is completed  Jan 16 - April 24

Cost and payment plan

 

The total cost of the Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program is $2,220 when the program is completed in the standard time frame of 8 months.

Standard costs

  1. One-time registration fee: $100

  2. Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship: $1,800

  3. Required books: $320

Additional costs may include

  1. Multi-year fee: up to $900

  2. Late payment fee: $100

  3. Additional, personal costs (varies)

Students may opt to complete the program over multiple years. When they elect this option, the multi-year fee is due at the beginning of each subsequent year. All standard costs must be paid within the first year of enrollment.

All additional costs are the responsibility of the student. These may include a personal computer and equipment, financial transaction fees (currency conversion, wire transfer, etc) and externship.

Payment deadlines are by 5pm Eastern Time on the date listed. Late payments are subject to a $100 Late Payment Fee unless the student notifies the Academy in advance and receives approval.

Payment Plan

Tuition may be paid in full at the start of the program, or as interest-free installments.

  1. On admission $500

  2. First payment $800 

  3. Second payment $500.

Payment methods

All payments are accepted electronically, unless otherwise agreed upon.

  1. Workshop fees, PayPal

  2. Registration fees, PayPal

  3. Tuition, ACH debit (electronic checking)

  4. Books, ACH debit (electronic checking)

Books

 

Required textbooks for the Āyurveda Āchārya (Āyurvedic Doctor, BAMS) Certificate Program total $320. These can be purchased through the Academy or any vendor of choice.

Books must only be purchased when the student is ready to begin the related portion of the program.

Self-study

  1. Modern and Global Āyurveda ISBN: 978-1-950876-01-3

  2. The Health Care Handbook: A Clear & Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System,
    ISBN-13: 978-0692244739

  3. Communication Skills for the Healthcare Professional, ISBN-13: 978-1582558141

  4. Medical Law, Ethics, & Bioethics for the Health Professions, ISBN-13: 978-0803627062

Fall Semester

  1. AA Series, Volume 1, $60

  2. AA Series, Volume 3, $100

All prices include shipping and handling within the continental US.