Online Ayurveda Courses
San Diego College of Ayurveda was founded by Monica Bhatia Groover, (Ayurveda Wellness Center), and, Pt. Atul Krishna Das to provide affordable Vedic knowledge, ancient healing techniques of Ayurveda, and, Yoga through online open source training delivery.
Over the years, the college has grown, from a small online institute to an International Institute with shorter online courses being popular with students from England, Mexico and even Australia.
The team now boasts of six more teachers, visiting faculty and the best online training delivery in United States, with a fraction of a price.
All programs except the Practitioner can be delivered online.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Virtual Classroom?
Virtual Learning includes Online Classes delivered through Webex, on your iphone, ipad, smartphone, tablet or computer. It also includes traditional home study and onsite classroom at our location. There are online classes and some onsite classes. (Optional for Block 1 to attend)
IMPORTANT: You do need a computer and an Internet connexion, to access our virtual learning campus, which is where all our learning resources are located. 'Live' classes can be accessed by iphone, ipad, blackberry or an android phone. However, pre-recorded classes require a computer and an Internet Connexion.
What is Blended Learning? How does distant learning and online college works?
Our courses follow a blended format. There are three components to our Online Distant Learning in Ayurveda -
Offline Component - Students receive enrollment packet with study modules, and study aids. Students study in their own time. Students can also log in at our Virtual Campus, and, watch pre recorded classes, watch slideshows, hear mp3 recordings of previous classes. Research by the students is considered offline and distant learning, as well.
Interactive Component - Students can access case studies, or, post questions at our Forum. Students can take interactive online quizzes, and, post assignments online. Teachers will get back with the feedback. Students can interact with the teachers via email, or, forums.
'LIVE' Classes via Webex - 'Live' classes via webex, Cisco technology two or three times a week. We replicate a classroom environment. Students receive an 'INVITE' to the live class with a password. Click on the URl and it takes you to our virtual classroom. Interact with the teacher live at this time. If you miss a class, watch the recording.
What is a 500 Hr Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner certification?
Our 500 Hour NAMA based - Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner (AWP 500) course follows a determined Module format, as per NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association's) regulations for an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
The classes are replicated in a Virtual Learning Environment, instead, of a physical location. The course is affordable compared to other Ayurveda colleges. It works for students seeking a flexible, affordable alternative without compromising quality. However, some students need to be in a physical location to learn. Which is why, we offer onsite intensives as well. These are optional to attend.
What are 'Intensives'? How are 'Intensives' different from a regular online Ayurveda courses?
Intensives are fast track courses, with onsite classes. Training delivery is in a workshop format. These courses follow deadlines and must be finished within a stipulated time. They work best for students who can travel to San Diego. The course curriculum is exactly the same. However, regular courses are far more flexible. Fast track courses and workshops are only offered to for students, who can travel, and, who prefer a face to face interaction with the teachers.
The classes are held at yoga studios or Ayurveda Studios rented out by the college.
There are no make up classes for fast track intensives. (Compared to regular courses, where, teachers are available for make up classes)
I have some previous knowledge of Ayurveda? Can I transfer some credits?
The distance learning we provide includes actual class time with an instructor. This is a requirement by National Ayurvedic Medical Association. (For 500 Hr Nama approved course --300 Hrs must be in actual interaction with the teachers).
For this reason, we can only transfer around 25 Hours from any 'distance learning' course in block 1 foundation, and, 100 Hours in Block 2. Our focus is to apply the knowledge in a real life scenario, remove causative factors and start even block 1 students with introductory basic Rx protocols.
Student maybe required to talk to a professor or a teacher to determine their basic knowledge and its application. (Over the phone), and, provide us with a certificate of previous knowledge or a transcript from a NAMA approved institution.
Please note we dont consider having read many books on Ayurveda, a substitute for learning under a qualified teacher or a Vaidya.
In the Block 2 AWP - we may transfer upto another 100 Hrs. (Provided the student can successfully pass all the tests, quizzes and case studies --your knowledge and application of knowledge is determined by our professors)
We are trying to prepare our students for NAMA approved standards and more, so, our standards are very high.
What are the course fees?
Courses are $6.75 x Number of hours for courses less than, or, equal to 200 Hrs. So, if you do the Foundation course 100 Hrs - then, the regular cost is $675. (It will be less, if there is an early bird discount, or, early registration).
If you do any advanced course, over 200 Hrs- multiply the number of hours with $5. So, a 250 Hr course is 250 x $5 = $ 1250, when paid in advance.
Please note if you decide to pay by 'flexible' payment plans, there may be a 10-15% extra charge. However, if the student pays a Block 2 Advanced course fees upfront, there are heavy discounts from 10 - 20% depending on the course. Advance payment can be upto $400 less than regular payments.
The maximum fees paid in installments will not be more than $2400 for 500 Hour course. San Diego College of Ayurveda fees is the most affordable compared to any Ayurveda College in United States. (Without compromising on quality of education)
Compare our fees to $6000 - $15000 charged by other Ayurveda colleges.
We do NOT offer any scholarship, nor, take federal aid.
This includes all Cost of material, and shipping, as well as cost of onsite programs, as long as you are enrolled in the course. If you wish to attend a workshop, after, you have finished the course, then the charges are extra.
Refund Policy for Block 1- Once the student has logged in the virtual campus, and, received all material --there are no refunds. A student may be given a refund within five working days of enrollment - provided the student has not logged in. Cost of Material, shipping and processing will be prorated at $249.
Refund Policy for Block 2 - The cost is prorated for number of classes attended, and, the material by $25 per hour for each class attended, or accessed online, download and time spent at the virtual campus and, $249 for the course material for each block module(s) that were shipped to the student,
There are no refunds after 3 weeks of enrollment for Block 2.
I am enrolled, or, interested in enrolling in Online, Distant learning courses. However, I would like to attend one intensive. Can I attend the intensive?
YES! students enrolled in regular distant learning option, can, choose to attend an intensive, without extra cost*.
If you live within U.S., and, are enrolled in a regular course, and, would like to attend our on location Intensive, PLEASE let us know in advance, so, we can save you a seat.
What is the difference between Block 2 AHE and other courses like Ayurvedic Ahara, or Ayurvedic Herbology?
AHE 450, Herbology, Nutrition or Ayurveda Foundation Block 1 are meant for Alternative or other health practitioners, yoga teachers, herbalists - who want to incorporate basics of Ayurveda into their own practice. So, these courses are divided into a system of 'learning units'. All courses have some units, common to them. For example, all courses require 100 Hour Foundation Module.
AHE (Ayurveda Health Educator), requires student to specialize in (Herbology, Nutrition, Yoga Therapy or Panchakarma). However Herbology students will only study Ayurveda Kriya Sharir, Herbology and Nutrition. They may not be required to study Yoga Therapy or Jyotish, or meditation.
What is the student-teacher ratio?
Our college has small groups, and, the ratio of teacher to students are 4:1. Our teachers give personal attention to each student, more so, because we are an online college.
What is I want to attend some make up classes, or, 'extra' live classes either via webinar, or, onsite after my course is done, without being enrolled in Block 2 advanced courses?
All onsite, on location programs, or 'Virtual Live' Classes by themselves is $25 pr Hr.
If a student wishes to attend or watch some of our classes, only, and, not do the entire course, --then, pro rated class rate is $25 per credit hour. So, if a student wants to attend four classes on Herbology only. Then, the cost is $25X 4 = $100 only. However, the course material is not included in this cost. It must be purchased separately.
Who can join our courses?
Our previous online batches have had students from Toronto, Vancouver, Italy, England, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain and all over U.S.
Whether you live in California, or New Jersey, Houston or Sedona, Oregon, Los Angeles, or New Mexico, New York or Washington, - you can join our course.
We offer online courses through our virtual classes. It is exactly like a real classroom, except, the facilitator and students are at different geographical locations. Student and Teacher are web-conferenced and can talk, and, see each other. Student sees the teacher's computer screen, the powerpoint presentations, hear his lecture, and can answer his questions. Student can see the teacher write something on the virtual whiteboard! And, all of this is recorded for future viewing.
Classroom workshops are available for California residents.
We have students pursuing ONLINE from all over USA, Italy, England, India, Singapore, Dubai, and Canada. The reason for our popularity worldwide is simple.
Why are your ONLINE and DISTANT LEARNING courses affordable? Are you compromising on Quality?
We use open source technologies like Moodle. We also don't have a campus. We are virtual. And, we keep our 'online' community class sizes small, and our facilitators and online teachers work from home from different countries. We also have pre-recorded podcasts and lectures by Alternative Health Practitioners, Ayurvedic Vaidyas from India! All this saves us money. We pass the cost savings on to our students. However, if you attend, an onsite workshop at our location - the price is $12 per credit hour.
Are there any pre requisites to taking these courses
The foundation 100 Hour course requires a High School diploma.
All other courses, have the above foundation module as a pre requisite. These include advanced courses like - Ayurvedic Practitioner 500 Hrs, Herbology, as well as Ayurvedic Nutrition, or, Panchakarma therapies. The hours are transferable, according to the advanced course you are planning to pursue. See the rule book. We also require basic knowledge of human physiology, and anatomical function for some courses.
How long will I take to finish an online course?
That totally depends on you, the student. You can finish a 100 hour foundation course in 3 months or 6 months. Courses are Flexible. However, you are required to attend the VIRTUAL classes once a week. If you miss those, you can watch a recording.
What if a Block 1 student is unable to finish the course due to personal circumstances?
For Block 1 students - if you are unable to finish your course due to an emergency - we can grant upto 3 weeks further access, after your course expiry date, to our virtual learning environment. This is, in case of extenuating circumstances to any student, at our discretion.
However, if a Block 1 student wants continuous access even after 3 weeks of your course expiry date, and/or attend the same 'live' classes after your 'course' access has finished, then, there is a charge of $108 per month, after, your course has expired. (This does not apply to Block 2 students.)
Can I take some courses concurrently?
Yes. Some courses can be taken concurrently. This is at the discretion of the school, and, your aptitude as well as your previous knowledge.
What are VIRTUAL classes, and, a VIRTUAL ONLINE CAMPUS?
A virtual campus is a college that is based online. You go to a classroom with other students. Interact with your facilitator. Hear the lecture, see and hear your instructor. He or she gives you instruction, presentations, and homework assignments. However, this is done online through webinars and video conferencing. You will require a good internet connection (DSL or better) for virtual classes.
If I am not comfortable with VIRTUAL classes, can I do the course via distant learning material, so I don't have to get an internet connection?
Yes, you can get printed modules and do a course in a distant learning format. You still mail the assignments to your instructor, or mail it via snail mail to our office address.
What is a BLENDED course and BLENDED LEARNING?
Blended Learning refers to a mixing of different learning environments. Blended learning gives students and instructors a potential environment to learn and teach more effectively. It is more affordable, and very flexible. You don't miss out on classroom interaction, yet don't have to travel to classes every day. The theoretical portion of a course that requires study, rote memorization, and assignments is done by the student in his or her own time. There is also practical classroom study in labs with the instructor. We mix 'real time' classroom with online interaction, both real time via webinars and video conferencing as well as offline, via email and forums. In a nutshell, blended learning allows you to :
1. Attend classes while sitting at home on your computer via - Virtual Classroom
2. Regular Interaction with your Instructor via email, and forums
3. Do your home work and study, reading books, rote memorization of learning concepts, or research in your own time.
4. Case Based and Experiential. Not a spoon feeding format. Student researches in their own time. Students learn themselves, and teachers facilitates and guides them in their learning.
You can read about Blended learning here.
What is experiential and case based study?
Our Course Design has been done by curriculum designers of universities. Material is provided by Ayurvedic Vaidya and based on real time case studies, as well as ancient texts. Student chooses themeselves and two to 4 people as their case study right in the beginning of the course.
The entire course is customized to the 'case' studies. The student learns a concept and applies it to themselves and their cases. By the end of a course, a student has 'case' studies prepared with herb protocols, follow ups and/or yoga therapy, meditation, or therapeutic procedures performed over the study period.
To give you an example, if you are a Pitta dosha, then your course begins with researching Pitta, herbs for pitta, yoga for Pitta and so on. If your case study volunteer suffers from a particular health issue, you 'focus' on learning and researching that particular health issue. Though, you still learn and read about other health problems.
Is your college recognized as a bona fide study institution for Ayurveda?
We are a private college, and, do not accept federal aid. Ayurveda is only recognized in a few states within US. There is now a private non profit body called NAMA which is setting benchmarks for courses. Our 500 hr Practitioner and AHE 450 Hr course fulfills the NAMA requirement of 300 hour core curriculum in presence of a teacher plus 200 Hr peripheral courses.
You can do a 250 hour course, and, get transfers to the Practitioner course, if you wish. (As long as the curriculum is relevant and part of the NAMA based Practitioner course). Please note only the 500 HOURS fulfill the NAMA requirement.
How do I practice Ayurveda, if Ayurveda is not regulated and recognized in USA?
National Ayurvedic Medical Association is regulating Ayurvedic practitioners. Ayurveda is not recognized by FDA. It is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. It is a complimentary health practice.
Please read the document by National Center for Alternative Health.
How do I register?
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Online and international students should contact us email@example.com for further details.
How do the course modules work?
Most courses built upon each other. First module being 100 hr, and, then building upon each other. The format is blended - online and classroom mixed. Most courses can be started anytime and finished anytime.Online credit hours are $6 per hour. Classroom workshops are $10 per credit hour.
What if I dont want to pursue beyond the Foundation course in Ayurveda?
Typically, a student will begin with a Foundation course in Ayurveda 100 hour. Student, at, this time has no commitment to the school. It is only after the 100 Hr course, the student commits to an advanced course. Student can choose to leave, or continue, after the Foundation course. (As long as dues are paid)
Student can take a break, and, restart any time within a year. If starting after 12 months, an enrollment fee is taken.
What is the enrollment and unenrollment policy
Unenrolling requires 1 month notice. All the dues must be paid, at the time of the termination. A termination agreement may be signed by the student, specially for AWP or AHE student, who is paying by a flexible payment plan.
The student has a right to full refund, minus processing fees, shipping fees and study material, after the first day of enrollment, or, before second class. (As long as the student has not logged in to our virtual campus).
if a student has logged in and accessed any classes, and received the material, it must be paid for, at a pro rated rate. Pro-rate for each 'class' watched, or attended is $25, and, course material is $120.
For, Block 1 and Block 2 foundation course, a 50% refund may be given, within 3 weeks of enrollment and/or classes, only, if the full payment had been done in advance*. If the student had paid an discounted early bird fees, or, a deeply discounted fees - only 30% refund is given (Within 3 weeks of first class). We still give out a credit and certificate of participation for the classes attended.
We will give a student a chance to attend a FREE class, so, you can decide if the online and virtual course suits you.
There are no refunds after 3 weeks of classes. (Since, the Block 1 classes only last 6 weeks, and, the fees are very low to start with.)
Student can leave and rejoin a course within 18 months, with certain stipulations.
How do I decide what Ayurveda course to pursue
After a student finishes the foundation course in Ayurveda, student can choose to continue, their study after a counselling session with the school. We help you decide your weakness and strength and help align your previous work experience or education with Ayurveda. If you are a massage therapist, than Ayurvedic Therapy and Panchakarma may be right for you along with Herbology. If you are a yoga instructor, Yoga therapy and Herbs may be right for you. So, you are helped every step of the way. However, at the end, it is the student's choice, not the schools.
After the foundation course, the next tier maybe Ayurvedic Pharmocology 100 hr online OR Ayurvedic Herbology and Pharmocology 150 hr (online and classes blended) , Ayurvedic Nutrition, Dietitics 100 hr,(online) OR Ayurvedic Nutrition 150 hours (classroom and online blended).
So, the build up and combination is dependent on students. Student can also choose to take a 4 hour or 8 hr herbology workshop with us, separately or as part of the course.
Who can do an Ayurveda Course?
We started our courses for health professionals - massage therapists, RN, Physical Therapists, TCM practitioners, herbalists, nutritionists and yoga teachers.
We want our students to be able to integrate Ayurveda with their current profession, which is why most courses are experiential and case based and are 100 Credit Hrs - 250 Credit Hours only, and offered in a flexible format. Course Modules have been designed by Curriculum Designers, specifically for Adult Learners.
Where do you get your course material?
Course material is based on traditional Ayurvedic texts of Charka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and suggested textbooks include Textbooks by noted Ayurvedic Practitioners.
If I quit the course without notice, do I still get a certificate
As long as you give a 1 month notice, and, have paid your dues in fill - you will receive your certificate for the credit hours you have completed.
Are you a massage school?
No, we are not a massage school. We are private, online provider of Ayurveda. There are some modalities offered via DVD format for bodyworkers who are taking our course.
* Provided, the student informs us in advance, and, we can save a seat for them