Sai Ayurvedic College Syllabus

The College's premier course offering, our Ayurvedic consultant program comprises an intensive one-year program of instruction in the theory, principles and practice of Ayurveda. Completion of this program leads to the distinction of Certified Ayurvedic Health & Wellness Counselor, and serves as the basis of our optional second and third year programs, all of which are NAMA approved professional programs in Ayurveda. Classes are held on one weekend per month (Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am to 6:00pm ET). Classes are available for distance learning through live video conferencing.

Tuition (which is subject to a discount for early registrants) includes all examination and course materials and fees. Sai Ayurvedic College in Miami, Florida is the southeastern USA’s leading institution for Ayurvedic study and practice, and has been approved as a Professional School of Ayurveda by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Sai Ayurvedic College has been fully approved for the payment of Veterans Educational Benefits under the GI Bill by the Florida State Department of Veterans Affairs. The College is a private, post-secondary degree-granting institution recognized by the Florida Department of Education and Florida Commission on Independent Education under the authority of Florida State Statutes, Section 1005.06 and is an approved Continuing Education Provider by then State of Florida.

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Courses Offered* - Classroom & Webcast Programs

Classes are offered on one weekend per month, Saturday & Sunday.

First Year

  • AY 101: Ayurvedic Philosophy and Foundations (Tarka, Sankhya and Siddhant)
  • AY 102: Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology I (Sharir Vignyan)
  • AY 103: Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology II (Sharir Vignyan)
  • AY 104: Ayurvedic Psychology (Manasa Vignyan)
  • AY 105: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Food Science (Ahara Vignyan)
  • AY 106: Ayurvedic Pharmacology (Dravya Guna Rasashastra)
  • AY 107: Materia Medica I (Dravyaguna Vignyan I)
  • AY 108: Ayurvedic Pathology (Roga Nidan/ Vikruti Vignyan)
  • AY 109: Ayurvedic Constitutional and Pulse Evaluation (Nadi Vignyan)
  • AY 110: Ayurvedic Detoxification Program I (Panchakarma I)
  • AY 111: Ayurvedic Management of Common Disorders
  • AY 112: Ayurvedic Colloquium (Ayurvedic Management of Pain, Ayurvedic Practice Management & Ethics)

Proficiency in basic (Western) anatomic and physiological concepts is required of all first year students (including online program students), which will be demonstrated by satisfactory performance on a proficiency test that will be taken online. Students who feel that they may be deficient in this area may use a self-study text to prepare for the test. The text recommended by the College is “The Anatomy & Physiology Coloring Workbook: A Complete Study Guide (10th Edition) by Elaine N. Marieb. This workbook will not be provided by the College. The student is responsible to purchase this text at their own cost. Students will be tested online within 1 month of starting their program and in no case later than upon completion of class AY101. Basic guidelines will also be provided by the college at no additional cost. These guidelines could be sufficient to pass this test. No additional fees will be incurred for this test.

The College requires and will offer a short online workshop course introducing the student to the ancient Vedic language of Sanskrit, with a focus on its technical medical vocabulary. Students will achieve a basic familiarity with the Devanagiri alphabet, and will learn to read, write and chant very basic Sanskrit. No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is assumed. This mandatory workshop and test must be completed online and no later than class AY103 (including online program students). No additional fees will be charged.

FIRST YEAR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, ONLINE OPTION *
(LEADING TO THE CERTIFICATE IN AYURVEDIC STUDIES)

  • AY 101: Ayurvedic Philosophy and Foundations (Tarka, Sankhya and Siddhant)
  • AY 102: Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology I (Sharir Vignyan I)
  • AY 103: Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology II (Sharir Vignyan II)
  • AY 104: Ayurvedic Psychology (Manasa Vignyan)
  • AY 105: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Food Science (Ahara Vignyan)
  • AY 106: Ayurvedic Herbology I (Dravya Guna Vignyan I)
  • AY 107: Ayurvedic Prevention Science (Swastha Vritta)
  • AY 108: Ayurvedic Pathology (Roga Nidan/ Vikruti Vignyan)
  • AY 109: Ayurvedic Constitutional and Pulse Evaluation (Nadi Vignyan)**
  • AY 110: Ayurvedic Detoxification Program I (Panchakarma I)**
  • AY 111: Ayurvedic Management of Common Disorders
  • AY 112: Ayurvedic Colloquium - Ayurvedic Management of Pain and Ayurvedic Practice Management & Ethics

*Students pursuing the online independent study option must complete the course offerings sequentially in order to progress through the program. Course access will be provided to students in packages of four; i.e., the first four courses (AY-101 through AY-104) must be completed satisfactorily before access is given to courses AY-105 through AY-108 and the latter completed before beginning AY-109 through AY-112. However, access to the classes will be given based on your payment plan. Note that the online program is strictly set up at this time for the first year program. We do not offer the second and third year programs online.

The anatomy & physiology test and the Sanskrit workshop including test stated above for the classroom and live webcast is mandatory. The same guideline is applicable.

A mid-term and final examination will be administered by proctor.

**Optional practical training may be available at an additional cost for courses AY-109 and AY-110. For additional information, please contact the College.

Students who have successfully completed the distance learning based, independent study Certificate in Ayurvedic Studies program may be considered for admission to the second year of Sai Ayurvedic College’s practitioner training at the discretion of the Director. While this admission is automatic for graduates of the first year classroom and webcast programs, owing to varying extracurricular requirements graduates of the distance learning program must be interviewed by the Director or his/her appointee and satisfactorily complete a competency examination (which is administered at no cost), as well as meet any other requirements for admission to the second year that the Director may specify.

Second Year

  • AY 201: Advanced Pulse Evaluation (Nadipareekshan)
  • AY 202: Introduction to Meditation, Pranayama & Yoga for Ayurveda Practitioners
  • AY 203: Materia Medica II (Dravyaguna Vignyan II)
  • AY 204: Ayurvedic Herbal Formulations (Bhaishajya Kalpana)
  • AY 205: Ayurvedic Detoxification Therapy, Beauty Therapy and Marma Therapy II (Pancha Karma II)
  • AY 206: Ayurvedic Protocols I – Respiratory & Digestive Systems (Paranavaha, Annavaha Srotas) (Kaya Chikitsa I)
  • AY 207: Ayurvedic Protocols II – Lymphatic, Blood & Skin Systems (Rasavaha and Raktavaha Srotas) (Kaya Chikitsa II)
  • AY 208: Ayurvedic Protocols III – Muscular and Fat Metabolism Systems (Mamsavaha, Medovaha Srotas (Kaya Chikitsa III)
  • AY 209: Ayurvedic Protocols IV –Skeletal & Nervous Systems (Asthivaha, Majjavaha Srotas) (Kaya Chikitsa IV)
  • AY 210: Ayurvedic Protocols V – Reproductive System (Shukravaha, Arthavaha, Sthanyavaha Srotas) (Kaya Chikitsa V)
  • AY 211: Ayurvedic Protocols VI – Pediatric, Geriatric & Rejuvenative Protocols (Bala Roga, Rasayana, Vajeekarna Therapies) (Kaya Chikitsa VI)
  • AY 212: Ayurvedic Protocols VII - Ear, Nose, Throat & Eye Protocols, Psychological Protocols (Salakya, Manasa Rogas) (Kaya Chikitsa VII)

Second year students are required to complete, or present evidence of having completed or challenge-tested out of a two-semester, 6 to 8 semester hour credit course in college-level Anatomy and Physiology (most often offered by colleges under the title Anatomy & Physiology I & II). Such courses may include laboratory sessions (for a total of 8 credits), but this is not required; hence a 6-credit non-laboratory course will fulfill this requirement. This requirement may be fulfilled through previous coursework or through any of the standard proficiency/challenge examinations (PEP, CLEP, DANTES, TECEP, StraighterLine, etc.) including the challenge/proficiency examination offered and administered by the college for which a fee will be charged.

Third Year

  • AY 301: Introduction to Integrative Medical Science
  • AY 302: General Pathology and Kaya Chikitsa Integration
  • AY 303: Pharmacology & Drug Therapy
  • AY 304: Psychiatric & Graha Chikitsa Integration
  • AY 305: Microbiology, Infectious Diseases & Visha Chikitsa
  • AY 306: Systemic Pathology I & Kaya Chikitsa Integration
  • AY 307: Systemic Pathology II & Urdhvanga Chikitsa
  • AY 308: Introduction to Medical Vedic Astrology and Subtle Therapies in Ayurveda
  • AY 309: Marma Therapy
  • AY 310: Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery with Shalya & Vajikarana Integration
  • AY 311: Pediatrics and Bala Chikitsa Integration
  • AY 312: Geriatrics and Rasayana Integration
  • AY 313: Public Health & Epidemiology/Research Methods in Ayurveda & Medicine
  • AY 314: Yoga Therapy for the Most Common Pathologies in USA
  • AY 315: Management Planning Integration

Present evidence of having completed or challenge-tested (see above) out of a two-semester, 6 to 8 semester hour credit course in college-level Anatomy and Physiology (most often offered by colleges under the title Anatomy & Physiology I & II). Such courses may include laboratory sessions (for a total of 8 credits), but this is not required; hence a 6-credit non-laboratory course will fulfill this requirement.

Mandatory clinics (150 clinical encounters) will be required.

18 months doctoral program: 15 monthly weekend classes and 3 additional months to prepare one or more of the following:

  • Research paper
  • Supervised teaching class
  • Final test (written and oral)
  • Elective rotation

1st Year Total = 752 Hours

  • In USA (16 hours X 12 months = 192 classroom + 240 directed extramural study = 432 hours
  • 140 Hours – Supervised client contact experiences (35 case management studies) to be commenced after the 15 case observations
  • 20 Hours (15 case observation with Ayurvedic Practitioner & self-review)
  • Research paper submitted to College by course AY111 = 70 hours
  • Community outreach lecture (preparation & delivery of 1 extramural lecture) = 5 hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology Proficiency Exam = 65 hours
  • Introduction to Sanskrit & Exam = 20 hours

All examinations must score 60% or higher as passing grade.

*Note that for participants in governmentally-supported veterans educational benefit programs (and where applicable, active duty military service personnel educational programs), all of the foregoing hours must be completed in residence at the College and under faculty oversight.

Students are permitted a period of 24 months following completion of first year classes to submit completed extramural assignments required for graduation (this includes lifestyle coaching case reports, clinical case observations, presentation and outreach lectures, etc.). After a period of two years if such requirements are left unfulfilled, the student will be withdrawn from candidacy for graduation.

2nd Year Total = 1504 Hours

  • In USA (16 hours X 12 months) 192 classroom + 240 directed extramural study = 432 hours
  • In India (or other clinical intensive includes 100 client clinical encounters) = 320 hours
  • First Year hours total = 752 hours

Students who are graduates of one year programs offered at another NAMA-approved Ayurvedic institution may be permitted direct entry into our program's second year upon presentation of an official transcript and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive assessment examination. Others with analogous training may be considered for direct admission to the second year program at the discretion of the College on an individual basis in special circumstances. There will be an additional cost for the examination.

Students are permitted a period of two years (24 months) following completion of first year classes to submit completed extramural assignments required for graduation (this includes lifestyle coaching case reports, clinical case observations, presentation and outreach lecture, book reviews, etc.). After a period of two years if such requirements are left unfulfilled, the student will be withdrawn from candidacy for graduation.

General Guidelines for the Third Year Program

  • Mandatory clinics (150 clinical encounters) will be required for graduation: during the first class (AY301), an orientation will be given on how to conduct a clinic including how to perform an Ayurvedic physical examinations, suggested clinical forms and protocols of management.
  • The material will always be written in an integrative manner encompassing and relating both Ayurveda and Allopathic medical sciences.
  • Supplemental learning material will be provided if needed: handouts, power point presentations, etc.
  • Monthly homework and in-class quizzes will be provided.
  • Tests: written mid-term and final test (written and oral board format).
  • In all tests question formats: multiple choice, essay type and clinical cases scenarios.
  • 18 months doctoral program: 15 monthly weekend classes and 3 months after completion of classes to prepare one or more of the following: Research paper, Supervised teaching class, Final test (written and oral) and Elective rotation.

The third year has a duration of 18 months, with the following distribution of hours and duties:

15 months period:

  • Classroom instruction (15 monthly classes)…………………………….240 hours
  • Independent study (3.5 hours per hour class time)…………………….840 hours
  • Client Encounters (Approximate at 1 hour per experience)……………150 hours
  • Client Encounters (Supervisor review & preparation time)…………….300 hours

Elective rotation – 3 months (consisting of one or more of the following, as determined by students and faculty member):

  • Thesis
  • Teaching class
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Additional case studies
  • Additional case studies with a college approved Ayurvedic Practitioner
  • ……………………………………………………………………………………..466 hours

Total hours for 3rd year: 1,996 hours
Total hours for 2nd year: 752 hours
Total hours for 1st year: 752 hours

    Total hours, three year program: 3,500 hours

Advanced Ayurvedic Studies in India (optional)

Each year, the College provides its students an opportunity to augment their classroom training with an internship at an ayurvedic institution in India with instruction at the hands of master teachers and clinicians of wide experience.

This yearly offering allows students access to ayurvedic out-patient clinics and hospitals where in supervised practice settings they observe and participate in actual client intake consultations and a variety of evaluative, treatment and aftercare procedures.

The program consists of 2, 3, or 4 weeks clinical internship hours.

Students interact with clients presenting a wide range of acute and chronic health challenges, honing their skills in a real-world setting under the guidance of ayurvedic professionals of international renown.

In order to participate in this optional program (at additional cost) students must have successfully completed the first year of their training at Sai Ayurvedic College.

(Please note: All program details are subject to change without notification.)