AHC: Āyurvedic Health Coach Certificate Program

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Application deadline: August 15, 2020

Program starts: August 31, 2020

Program ends: May 28, 2021



The Āyurvedic Health Coach Certificate Program is an introductory professional program for students embarking on a career in Āyurveda. Learn the foundations of Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine (TAM) for personal use, basic counseling and education. Students explore avenues of practice, core principles, contributing factors to health and basic health management using diet, lifestyle and self-care treatments.

Graduates work independently and collaboratively with appropriate patients or clients to educate them with general health improvement techniques in private and group settings. Graduates can work collaboratively with certified Āyurvedic professionals in ĀYU Council
to provide more comprehensive and elaborate clinical management with Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine (TAM) using holistic and sustainable health care.


Skills and Outcomes

Successful graduates of the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program are prepared to apply basic Āyurvedic skills in their personal lives and professional spheres on an introductory level. They can speak to a broad range of topics related to normal health and its presentations in the general population. They understand the positive and potentially negative impacts of applying Āyurveda through their own personal study in the program.

Graduates are capable and confident to share accurate information and a thorough understanding of health from the classical literature of Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine. Additionally, they are trained in its practical application, and expected modifications, required for use in Western demographics and locations.

Training from the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program equips health care professionals with the tools they need to understand the big picture and scope of the holistic medical paradigm through the lens of Āyurveda. Nurses, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths and many other medical professionals find this training to be a missing key in healthcare.





Jessica Vellela, BAMS

Ashlee Sakaishi Wilkin

Program length

  • 255 hours total

  • 180 hours online classes (90 hours live, 90 hours pre-recorded) 

  • 30 hours pre-clinical orientation

  • 45 hours pre-clinical externship practice


  • Age 18 years or older on admission

  • Valid, government-issued photo ID

  • Valid email address

Recommended preparation


  • 3 hours of online classes per week

  • 3 hours of pre-recorded classes per week

  • Last five weeks, 6 hours of online classes plus 9 hours pre-clinical practice per week through telehealth.

Costs and payment plan

  • One-time registration fee, $100

  • Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship, $2,400

  • Textbooks, $300

Additional requirements

  • Personal computer and internet connection


Qualified candidates

All candidates for the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) 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

  4. Prerequisites: fulfill prerequisites, or be granted a proficiency waiver by the School Director

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


International candidates are advised to enroll in the same program at the International University of Yoga and Āyurveda.

Pre-requisites and co-requisites


There are no formal pre-requisites or co-requisites for the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program. However, we recommend students complete the Applied Sanskrit for Āyurveda and Yoga workshops I, II and III (30 hours) as additional preparation. 

Students who register early may begin the pre-recorded lecture classes for AYU-100 and AYU-101 and submit homework to reduce class time in fall semester. Exams for these courses can only be taken in Fall Semester on schedule with the entire cohort.

Course descriptions


The Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program includes six lecture courses and one pre-clinical externship course.

[AYU-100] Introduction to professional Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours  (30 lecture / 0 lab / 0 ext)

Pre-recorded lecture

Students complete a formal introduction to the practice and scope of professional Āyurveda. They perform a comprehensive review of relevant, general knowledge and sciences through local, national and international perspectives. They learn to bridge concepts between Āyurveda and Western sciences for practical application. 

[AYU-101] Sanskrit for the AHC

Online, 1.0 credit

15 hours

Pre-recorded lecture

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

[AYU-105] Introduction to core principles of holistic health

Online, 3.0 credits

45 hours total (45 lecture / 0 lab / 0 ext)

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students are introduced to the human body in classical Āyurveda with Western correlations for pre-clinical applications. Students learn key, consolidated classical theories and the framework for holistic health management.

[AYU-107] Professional practice of pre-clinical yurveda

Online, 1.0 credits

15 hours (15 lecture / 0 lab / 0 ext)

Pre-recorded lecture

Students are introduced to professional practice, ethics, communication, documentation and responsibilities of scope of practice. Students practice through case examples and discussion.

[AYU-108] Introduction to therapeutic management

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours total (30 lecture / 0 lab / 0 ext)

Pre-recorded lecture

Students are introduced to the foundations of pre-clinical, therapeutic management in classical Āyurveda through practice and measurement
of the doṣhas. Students practice professional communication skills in the classroom setting.

[AYU-109] Pre-clinical yurveda for holistic living

Online, 3.0 credits

45 hours total (45 lecture / 0 lab / 0 ext)

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn and apply the core principles
of holistic healthy living in classical Āyurveda. They study external and internal factors that influence health, and practice general therapeutic interventions.


[AYU-140] Pre-clinical yurveda 

Online, 2.0 credits

75 hours total (0 lecture / 30 lab / 45 ext)
Lab, pre-clinical practice, pre-clinical discussion

Externs are trained in pre-clinical Āyurvedic practice and case management to promote health. Externs present cases for discussion, feedback and followup.

Externs practice pre-clinical Āyurveda for five weeks under supervision of an Āyurvedic Doctor and Certified Svastha Āchāryas. Each week, externs spend 9 hours on pre-clinical practice via telehealth and 3 hours in pre-clinical discussion. They engage with clients in counseling and education to promote general health and well- being.

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. Up to ten demonstration cases covered in lecture and lab may be included in an extern's final records.



The Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program is taught in three segments.

  1. Fall semester

  2. Spring semester

  3. Pre-clinical externship

Fall semester class schedules

  1. Tuesdays, 12p to 1:30p (ET) / 9a to 10:30a (PT)

  2. Thursdays, 12p to 1:30p (ET) / 9a to 10:30a (PT)

  3. Additional three hours per week, self-paced, pre-recorded video lecture

Spring semester class schedules

  1. Tuesdays, 12p to 1:30p (ET) / 9a to 10:30a (PT)

  2. Thursdays, 12p to 1:30p (ET) / 9a to 10:30a (PT)

  3. Additional three hours per week, self-paced, pre-recorded video lecture

Externship schedules

  1. Tuesdays, 12p to 1:30p (ET) / 9a to 10:30a (PT)

  2. Thursdays, 12p to 1:30p (ET) / 9a to 10:30a (PT)

  3. Saturdays, 10a to 1:00p (ET) / 7a to 10a (PT)

  4. Weekly, nine hours of pre-clinical practice via telehealth


Costs and payment plan

The total cost of the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program is $2,800 when the program is completed in the standard time frame of 10 months.

Standard costs

  1. One-time registration fee: $100

  2. Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship: $2,400

  3. Required books: $300

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. Tuition deposit, $500.

  2. First payment, $1,000 less tuition deposit.

  3. Second payment, $1,000.

  4. Third payment, $400.

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)



Required textbooks for the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program total $300. These can be purchased through the Academy or any vendor of choice.

Fall Semester:

  1. Foundations of Āyurveda Series, Volume 1, $60

  2. Foundations of Āyurveda Series, Volume 2, $100

  3. Modern and Global Ayurveda, $40

Spring Semester

  1. Foundations of Āyurveda Series, Volume 3, $100

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