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ACE: Ayurvedic Counselor and Educator Certificate Program

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ĀYU Academy’s Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program offers a convenient learning platform for those looking to begin professional Āyurvedic education. The program combines self-paced lessons, instructor-led live classes, and an externship focusing on pre-clinical Āyurveda.

 

Students gain knowledge and skills in:

 

  • Introductory-level Sanskrit

  • The classical foundations of Āyurveda

  • Core principles of Āyurveda, including components of health

  • General guidelines for health using diet, lifestyle and self-care

 

ACE graduates are well prepared to apply basic Ayurvedic knowledge in their personal and professional lives. They can speak to a broad range of topics related to normal health as well as understand the positive, and potentially negative, impacts of Āyurvedic application.

 

​Graduates are capable and confident to share accurate information based on a thorough understanding of health from classical Āyurvedic literature. Additionally, they are trained in its practical application and expected modifications often required for use in Western contexts.

 

​ACE training equips an array of professionals with the tools and complementary skill set to understand the scope of holistic medicine through the lens of Āyurveda. Nurses, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, lifestyle coaches, fitness instructors, and many other professionals find this training to be a missing key in health management.

 

Once students finish the ACE program they are eligible to continue on to the Svastha Acharya (SA) Certificate Program.

 

Curriculum and Externship

The ACE Certificate Program includes six lecture modules and one pre-clinical externship course: 

 

  • Introduction to professional Āyurveda

  • Sanskrit for ACE

  • Introduction to core principles and the human body

  • Introduction to healthy living

  • Introduction to pre-clinical Āyurveda

  • Āyurveda for pre-clinical applications

  • Pre-clinical Āyurveda​

Externs practice pre-clinical Āyurveda for eight weeks under the supervision of an Āyurvedic Doctor (BAMS) and Certified Svastha Āchāryas. Each week, externs spend 6 hours on pre-clinical practice via telehealth and 3.75 hours in pre-clinical discussion. They engage with clients in counseling and education to promote general health and well-being.

 

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no formal pre-requisites for the ACE program. However, students must complete the first two modules through independent study by  April 24, 2020.

 

​The first two modules are Sanskrit for ACE (30 hours) and Introduction to Core Principles and the Human Body (15 hours). Both modules utilize self-study material that students can complete on their own schedule. 

 

​The only co-requisite for ACE is the 10-hour Sanskrit workshop, Applied Sanskrit for Āyurveda and Yoga I workshop.  This can be completed by April 24, 2020 as a co-requisite along with the ACE program.

 

Course module descriptions

The Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program includes six lecture modules and one pre-clinical externship module.

[AYU-100] Introduction to professional Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits, 30 hours, independent study

 

Students complete a formal introduction to the practice and scope of professional Āyurveda. They perform a comprehensive, accelerated review of required general  knowledge from prerequisites. Students analyze this knowledge from local, national and international Āyurvedic perspectives and learn to bridge concepts from Western sciences for practical application.

 

[AYU-101] Sanskrit for the ACE

Online, 1.0 credit, 15 hours, independent study

​Students apply basic knowledge of Sanskrit for practical application at this professional level. They review common terms, practice their pronunciation, word dissection and formation. Through repetition and example, students gain familiarity with common terms to prepare them for further study.

 

​[AYU-105] Introduction to Core Principles and the Human Body

Online, 3.0 credits, 45 hours, including 20 hours of independent study and 25 hours of live classes

 

Students complete an introductory review of the study of the human body in classical Āyurveda and correlate concepts to pre-clinical applications. Students learn the consolidation of key classical opinions, perspectives and schools of thought. Students deepen their understanding through personal application.

 

[AYU-106] Introduction to healthy living

Online, 3.0 credits, 45 hours, including 20 hours of independent study and 25 hours of live classes

 

​Students learn the core principles of healthy living in classical Āyurveda and how to apply concepts through practical applications. Factors that influence health externally and internally are discussed and practiced, including environment, time, season, routines, sleep, constitution, digestion, diet, physical activity, mental disposition, resilience and age.

 

[AYU-107] Introduction to pre-clinical Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits, 30 hours, including 15 hours of independent study and 15 hours of live classes

 

​Students are introduced to the foundations of pre-clinical, therapeutic management in classical Āyurveda. Basic interventions using diet, lifestyle, routines and habits are reviewed. Students practice interventions personally and learn how to measure the doṣas to calculate outcomes. Professional communication skills are also practiced in a classroom setting.

 

[AYU-108] Āyurveda for pre-clinical applications

Online, 1.0 credits, 15 hours of live classes

 

Students are introduced to professional practice and the requirements for ethics, communication, documentation and other aspects of professionalism. They learn to integrate the responsibilities within their scope of practice. Students practice through case examples and discussion.

 

​[AYU-140] Pre-clinical Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits, 75 hours, including 30 hours of lab and 45 hours of pre-clinical practice

Externs practice pre-clinical Āyurveda for eight weeks under the supervision of an Āyurvedic Doctor and Certified Svastha Āchāryas. Each week, externs spend 6 hours on pre-clinical practice via telehealth and 3.75 hours in pre-clinical discussion. They engage with clients in counseling and education to promote general health and well-being.

Pre-clinical externship

The pre-clinical externship includes two portions of training:

 

  • ​Pre-clinical orientation with two theory classes (AYU-107 / AYU-108) from April 28 to June 3, 2020, totaling 45 hours

 

  • Pre-clinical practice with bi-weekly clinical discussion classes (Mondays and Wednesdays) plus six hours of telehealth practice

 

​Each extern must complete 25 case encounters with appropriate documentation and submit their results on a regular basis. Case encounters include observed cases, group study cases and those managed independently for initial or follow-up cases.

 

Highlights

Instructors: Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS

 

Program length

  • 255 hours total

  • 100 hours independent study (must be completed before April 24, 2020)

  • 80 hours live, online class

  • 75 hours pre-clinical externship

Pre-requirements

  • Age 18 years or older on admission

  • Valid, government-issued photo ID

  • Valid email address

Co-requisite study (must be completed by April 24, 2020)

Classes

  • All classes, including pre-clinical externship, are online.

  • January through May, 2 hours per week plus 4.5 hours once a month

  • June and July, 4 hours per week plus 6 hours pre-clinical practice per week

Costs and payment plan

  • One-time registration fee, $100

  • Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship, $4,400

  • Textbooks, $240

Additional requirements

  • Personal computer and internet connection

 

Qualified candidates

All candidates for the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program must meet the General Admission Criteria. Additionally, US or International candidates must meet their specific criteria.

General Admission Criteria

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

  • Identification: valid copy of government-issued photo ID

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

Criteria for US candidates only

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

  • Interview: complete an online live interview with an Admissions Counselor

  • Co-requisite: complete the Applied Sanskrit for Āyurveda and Yoga I workshop, or equivalent, by April 24, 2020

Criteria for International candidates only

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

  • Interview: complete an online, live interview with an Admissions Counselor

  • English: demonstrated proficiency in English during Admissions Interview

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/

 
 
 

Schedules

 

The Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program is taught in three segments.

  • Spring semester, January 6 to April 24, 2020

  • Pre-clinical orientation, April 27 to June 5, 2020

  • Pre-clinical practice, June 8 to July 31, 2020

Spring semester class schedules (2020)

January 6 to April 24

Tuesdays, 8 to 9pm EST

Wednesdays, 8 to 9pm EST

One Sunday each month

January 26, 12 to 4:30pm EST

February 16, 12 to 4:30pm EST

March 15, 12 to 4:30pm EST

April 5, 12 to 4:30pm EST

 

Pre-clinical orientation class schedules (2020)

April 27 to June 5

Tuesdays, 8 to 9pm EST

Wednesdays, 8 to 9pm EST

Four Saturdays in May 

May 2, 12 to 3pm EST

May 9, 12 to 3pm EST

May 16, 12 to 3pm EST

May 30, 12 to 3pm EST

 

Pre-clinical practice schedules (2020)

June 8 to July 31

Mondays, 7 to 9pm EST

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:45pm EST

Weekly, six hours of pre-clinical practice via telehealth

 

Costs and payment plan

The total cost of the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program is $4,340 when the program is completed in the standard time frame of 7 months.

Standard costs

  • One-time registration fee: $100

  • Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship: $4,000

  • Required books: $240

Additional costs may include

  • Multi-year fee: $400

  • Late payment fee: $100

  • Additional, personal costs (varies)

Students may opt to complete the program over multiple years. When they select 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 EST 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. First payment, $500, on admission to the program

  2. Second payment, $2,000, by January 15, 2020

  3. Third payment, $1,500, by April 15, 2020

Payment methods

All payments are accepted electronically unless otherwise agreed upon.

  • Workshop fees, PayPal

  • Registration fees, PayPal

  • Tuition, ACH debit (electronic checking)

  • Books, ACH debit (electronic checking)

Books

 

Required textbooks for the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program total $240. 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.

On admission to the program, and at the start of independent study

Spring Semester

  • ACE Series, Volume 2, $40

  • ACE Series, Volume 3, $40

Pre-clinical Orientation

  • ACE Series, Volume 4, $65

All prices include shipping and handling within the continental US.