PC: Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) Certificate Program

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Dates

Application deadline: August 15, 2020

 

Program starts: August 31, 2020

Program ends: December 11, 2021

 

Overview

The Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) Certificate Program is a comprehensive, hands-on professional program for students who want to practice Āyurveda in a Panchakarma clinical setting.

 

In this program students will:

  • Learn Ayurvedic and Western Anatomy and Physiology, medicinal formulations and their preparation methods, Panchakarma manual therapies, diagnostic methods and therapeutic applications.

  • Study from major classical Ayurvedic medical compendia and correlate knowledge with current scientific developments.

 

Skills and Outcomes

Graduates work independently and collaboratively in Pañchakarma clinical settings to perform manual therapies, prepare medicinal formulations and monitor clients.

 

Highlights

Instructor: Jessica Vellela, BAMS

Program length

  • 975 hours total

  • 395 hours live, online class

  • 80 hours live, onsite lecture and lab

  • 500 hours clinical externship  

Pre-requirements

  • Age 18 years or older on admission

  • Valid, government-issued photo ID

  • Valid email address

  • Candidates must demonstrate previous experience in Āyurveda with a certificate for 250 hours or more. Or, candidates can petition for exemption by submitting records and transcripts showing consistent, high academic performance.

  • College-level Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (8.0 credits)

  • Candidates who have completed AYU-100 or its equivalent in a previous program will receive credit for this course. All other students must complete AYU-100 as a self-study course including its final exam by the end of fall semester.

Right to practice

The legal right to practice as a Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) depends on regulations of each US state. In many states, practitioners should also hold an active massage license or other health care license.

Classes

  • All academic lecture classes are online.

  • Clinical orientation is a mandatory, 3 week, on-site training. The remaining 11 weeks of on-site clinical training can be completed anytime through 2021.

  • Fall and spring semesters include 9 hours of live class time per week.

Costs and payment plan

  • One-time registration fee, $100

  • Total tuition, including clinical externship, $10,000

  • Textbooks, $1026

Additional requirements

  • Personal computer and internet connection

  • Travel, stay and incidental expenses for on-site Clinical Orientation and Clinical Training.

 

Qualified candidates

All candidates for the Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) 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: complete the Āyurvedic Health Coach (AHC) Certificate Program, or equivalent. Complete college-level A&P I and II, with lab (8 cr)

  4. Recommended preparation: Applied Sanskrit for Ayurveda and Yoga I, II and III (30 hours). Svastha Āchārya Certificate Program.

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: complete the Svastha Āchārya (Āyurvedic Practitioner) Certificate Program, or equivalent.

  5. Pre-requisites*: submit any one or more of:

    1. Post-secondary Anatomy and Physiology

    2. Bachelor's degree, or equivalent

    3. Active healthcare professional license

  6. Recommended preparation: Applied Sanskrit for Ayurveda and Yoga I, II and III (30 hours). 

* All college-level (post-secondary) pre-requisites must have been completed within the preceding ten years. Otherwise, candidates must provide proof of clinical practice for at least five of the ten preceding years.
 

* Applicants holding a degree or license in a healthcare discipline are exempt from the A&P prerequisite requirements.

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 Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) Certificate Program include successful completion of the Svastha Āchārya (Āyurvedic Practitioner) Certificate Program, or equivalent. 

All US candidates must also have completed college-level Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab, a total of 8 credits).

US candidates who hold an active license in a healthcare profession are exempt from meeting this requirement.

International candidates must provide proof of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology, or a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) or an active, professional healthcare license.

Course descriptions

 

The Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) Certificate Program includes 14 lecture courses and one clinical externship course.

[AYU-210] Professional Āyurveda for the PC

Online, 1.0 credits

15 hours, live class

​Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students complete a formal introduction to the practice and scope of American Āyurveda for the Parichāraka. They review legal and ethical aspects of professional practice through academic study and example. Students examine various aspects of practice through examples, discussion and Q&A.

[AYU-211] Sanskrit for the PC

Online, 1.0 credit

15 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students review Sanskrit knowledge and learn advanced rules for syllables, sandhi, dhātus, prefixes and suffixes with word dissection and formation. They practice common terms for this professional level.

[AYU-215] Advanced Āyurvedic A&P

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class 

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn advanced concepts of Āyurvedic anatomy and physiology with Western correlations. They focus on practical application of A&P for Āyurvedic manual therapies. Student discuss significant anatomical and physiological concepts and their relevance in practice.

[AYU-220] Dravya Guṇa I

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students review the core principles of application for medicinal substance including their qualities, actions, and detailed profiles. They advance their knowledge with a focus on clinical practice. They memorize a minimum of 25 of the most common profiles for practical application.

[AYU-240] Roga Nidāna Parīkṣha

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn the practical application of roga nidāna and parikṣha for the pañchakarma clinical setting. They review detailed presentations of common clinical cases, discuss the theoretical reasoning and practice application of logical thought for appropriate management within scope. They learn the requirements and methods for competent patient management within the pañchakarma treatment room.

[AYU-230] Bhaiṣhajya kalpaṇā

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn the classical principles of medicinal preparation through a detailed review of the pañcha vidha kaṣāya kalpanā. They review standard preparation methods for freshly extracted juices, powders, decoctions, infusions, oils, ghee, pills, pastes and more. They practice preparing common formulations in small and medium-sized batches.

[AYU-241] Pañchakarma I – theory

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

​Students complete a comprehensive review
of the theoretical principles that underly the practice of pañcha karma. They learn the roles of snehana and svedana in the context of śodhana and understand expected and unexpected outcomes. They complete a critical review of the sequencing of protocols within pañchakarma with case studies.

[AYU-231] Kalpaṇā for pañchakarma

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn specific medicinal formulations for pañchakarma and practice creating them for clinical use. They adhere to standards of good manufacturing principles throughout the process. Students practice creating formulations from base ingredients and recipes, as well as clinical preparation for use in pañchakarma treatments

[AYU-242] Pañchakarma II – upakrama

Online, 3.0 credits

45 hours, live class

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

​Students complete a comprehensive review of upakrama, the supportive therapies used in conjunction with classical pañcha karma. They learn the practical application of abhyaṅga, svedana, lepa, pariṣeka, piṇḍa sveda and many more commonly employed adjunct manual therapies.

[AYU-250] PC Clinical Orientation

Onsite, 3.0 credits

80 hours

Instructor-led lecture, lab with manual therapies

Externs practice the full range of classical pañchakarma procedures by observing demonstrations and then performing each step hands-on. They are trained in the roles and responsibilities of the Parichāraka in clinical practice. They shadow and observe all levels of professionals in a functioning pañchakarma clinic practicing full-scope Āyurveda.

[AYU-255] PC Clinical Practice

Onsite, 11.0 credits

500 hours

Supervised clinical practice

Externs practice the roles and responsibilities of the Parichāraka in a pañchakarma clinical setting under observation and independently. They participate in preparation of formulations, manual therapies, clinical observation, supervised case management, record-keeping and case review. They learn the practical skills required to manage a pañchakarma treatment room.

[AYU-221] Dravya guṇa II

Online, 1.0 credits

45 hours

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students learn approximately 75 detailed profiles of medicinal substances for practical application. They integrate knowledge of dravya into their study of the extensive Āyurvedic formulary and practice in a pañcha karma clinical setting.
Students become familiar with the dravya and their roles in the Āyurvedic formulary and clinical practice.

[AYU-235] Rasa Śhāstra

Online, 1.0 credits

15 hours

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students are introduced to the science of rasa śhāstra. They learn the basic dravya used to prepare rasauṣhadhis and their compounding methods. They study significant formulations to understand the sequence of processing and
learn basic indications and contraindications.

[AYU-243] Pañcha karma III – pradhāna karma

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A


Students learn the procedures and practical requirements of the Parichāraka during the stage of pradhāna karma in pañcha karma. They review case studies of standard procedures, indications, contraindications, signs of proper and improper results. They discuss uncomplicated and complicated examples of pañchakarma procedures with emphasis on pradhāna karma.

[AYU-245] Classical study III (kalpa, siddhi)

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours

Instructor-led lecture, discussion, Q&A

Students complete a detailed study of the Kalpa and Siddhi sthānas of the Caraka Saṃhitā with a focus on the relevant practical applications for the Parichāraka. They review formulations and their specific usage in pañchakarma clinical applications. They discuss the role of the Parichāraka in the pañchakarma clinical setting.

 

Clinical externship

Clinical externship includes two portions of training:

  • Clinical orientation with 2.5 weeks of on-site, clinical training from April 26 to May 12, 2021, of 8 hours per day for 80 hours total

  • Clinical practice with 500 hours of on-site clinical training to be completed in eleven weeks (45 hours a week) or by the end of 2021. Externs coordinate directly with their Clinical Supervisor for on-site clinical practice. Schedules are flexible.

Externship is held in a full scope Pañchakarma clinic. Daily schedules are flexible for clinical practice. All hours must be completed by the final day of the program. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation, food and incidental costs for intensives.

A portion of on-site clinical training can be completed anytime through 2021.

 

Schedules

The Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) Certificate Program is taught in four segments.

  1. Fall semester, August 31 to December 12, 2020

  2. Spring semester, January 4 to April 24, 2021

  3. Clinical Term, April 26 to June 31, 2021

  4. Fall semester, August 31 to December 12, 2020

Fall semester class schedules

August 31 to December 12, 2020

  1. Mon and Wed, 9:30 to 11:30 am (ET)

  2. Sundays, 10am to 3pm (ET)

No class for holidays from Sun, Sept 6 through Mon, Sept 7 and Wed, Nov 25 through Sun, Nov 28, 2020

Spring semester class schedules

January 4 to April 23, 2021

  1.  Mon and Wed, 9:30 to 11:30 am (ET)

  2.  Sundays, 10am to 3pm (ET)

No class for study holiday on Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Clinical externship schedules

April 26 to June 31, 2021

Session I, 2.5  weeks, on-site clinical orientation

April 26 to May 12

  1. Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm

Session II,  eleven weeks, on-site clinical practice (45 hours a week, 500 hours total). 

May 13 to June 31

 

This portion of on-site clinical training can also be completed anytime through 2021 (by 12/11/2021). Externs coordinate with the Clinical Supervisor to set a schedule that better accommodates their needs.

 

Costs and payment plan

The total cost of the Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician) Certificate Program is $11,126  when the program is completed in the standard time frame of 15 months.

Standard costs

  1. One-time registration fee: $100

  2. Total tuition, including clinical externship: $10,000

  3. Required books: $1,026

Additional costs may include

  1. Multi-year fee: $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. First payment, $2,500, by August 15, 2020

  2. Second payment, $2,500, by January 15, 2021

  3. Third payment, $2,500, by May 15, 2021

  4. Fourth payment, $2,500, by August 15, 2020

The $650 enrollment deposit, paid at the time of admission to the program, is applied in full to the first payment.

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 Parichāraka (Pañchakarma Technician)  Certificate Program total $1,026. 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.

Fall Semester​s

  1. PC Series, Volume 1, $60

  2. PC Series, Volume 2, $100

  3. PC Series, Volume 3, $100

  4. PC Series, Volume 4, $100

  5. Caraka Samhita (translated by RK Sharma and Bhagawan Dash)

  6. Suśruta Saṃhitā (translated by GD Singhal)

  7. Aṣṭāṅga Hṛdaya (translated by KR Srikantha Murthy)

  8. Bhāva Prakāśa (translated by KR Srikantha Murthy)

Spring Semester

  1. PC Series, Volume 5, $60

  2. PC Series, Volume 6, $60

  3. Modern and Global Āyurveda

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