2020-2021 University Catalog (Fall) 
    Aug 14, 2022  
2020-2021 University Catalog (Fall) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate

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The College of Science and Integrative Health offers a ten-course, one-year (900 hours) program to earn an Ayurvedic Practitioner certificate. Students attend one virtual evening class per week (virtual class), listen to weekly recorded lectures (e-learning), and attend classes in person one weekend per month (classroom learning). Students receive weekly clinical experience in the SCU Health System and complete a capstone project. Applicants must have completed the Ayurvedic Wellness certificate to qualify for the Ayurvedic Practitioner program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Ayurvedic Assessment and Diagnosis
    The graduate will apply Ayurvedic principles to accurately assess and diagnose patient condition.
  2. Ayurvedic Management Plan
    The graduate will apply Ayurvedic principles to create a management plan including lifestyle, herbs, nutrition, therapies, and yoga required to promote health and manage disease.
  3. Evidence Informed Practice
    The graduate will apply and appraise historical and scientific evidence into clinical practice.
  4. Professionalism and Communication
    The graduate will exhibit professionalism and communicate with an awareness of ethical practice.


Application Requirements for Transfer Students from other College

Applicants for admission must provide:

  • Completed application for admission. The online form is available and submitted through www.scuhs.edu.
  • Graduating high school transcript (or GED certificate). Request from the high school to have it sent directly to SCU in a sealed envelope, or arrange through parchment.com or studentclearinghouse.org
  • Personal statement of motivation, minimum of 150 words (include a personal and academic history and indication of why you are interested in a career in Ayurveda). Include in the online application and/or email separately.
  • Completion of minimum of 8 units of Anatomy and Physiology.

Please have transcripts, and/or other print items mailed to:

SCU Office of Admissions
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604

Scans and other electronic items may be emailed to an admissions advisor or to admissions@scuhs.edu

Applicants must also complete a successful admissions interview:

  • A personal interview with the director of the Ayurveda Program will be required of applicants prior to final selection. This personal admissions interview will normally be scheduled on campus. Under certain circumstances, an off-campus or telephone admissions interview may be arranged.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and must attain 18 years of age prior to the start of classes.

Physical Requirements

The primary goal of the certificate programs in the Division of Professional Studies (DPS) is to prepare students to become competent, caring, practitioners. Contemporary Ayurveda education requires that the acquisition and utilization of scientific and professional knowledge be accompanied by necessary sets of skills, professional attitudes, and behaviors. The Division of Professional Studies maintains that prospective and enrolled students must meet certain technical standards, which are essential for successful completion of all phases of the educational program. Candidates for certificates in Ayurveda must meet the following technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations. Candidates for admission and students must demonstrate: The strength, coordination, and ability to stand and use the torso and all limbs in the performance of common manual procedures and techniques.

  1. The strength, manual dexterity, and tactile perceptiveness and ability to perform in all laboratory and clinical settings, to diagnose and treat human ailments, and to maintain the safety and well-being of fellow students and patients without posing a threat to themselves;
  2. The visual, hearing and speech skills and personal hygiene requisite to professional performance including performing any and all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures;
  3. The ability to reason, learn, and perform independently demonstrating the conceptual, integrative, and quantitative skills that are necessary for critical thinking, problem solving, measurement, the ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships, diagnosis, and therapeutic applications; and
  4. The emotional health required for the full use of intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities; the ability to adapt to change, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations; empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation which will be assessed during the admissions process and throughout their education.

Certificate Requirements

The Ayurvedic Practitioner certificate may be awarded to those who have completed the following requirements:

  1. Completed all courses (900 clock hours) of the curriculum;
  2. Passed each course with grade of 70% or above (a letter grade of A, B, or C);
  3. Completed and passed a comprehensive examination;
  4. Are free of all indebtedness and other obligations to the University; and
  5. Are recommended for graduation by the faculty and the president of the University.

To earn the certificate, Ayurvedic Practitioner students must also comply with the following policies regarding attendance.

Attendance Requirements

Please note the SCU policy on attendance: Attendance will be taken each class day in each class modality. Students will not receive credit for classes in which they are reported absent. In the clock hour program of Ayurvedic Practitioner, no more than 10% of the clock hours in a payment period may be allowed. When absences exceed 10%, the student may be dropped from the class. Students will need to register for the class when it is offered again. Exceptions to this policy are rare. A student must apply for an exception to this policy by submitting the absence policy form. Documentation regarding the absence must be provided. Only those absences that are deemed extenuating will be considered (e.g. Illness with a physician’s letter, death in family, or court summons).


Attendance will be taken each class day in each class modality. Absences shall be computed on the basis of roll calls, tests and/or quizzes, or other mechanisms. Faculty shall disclose at the beginning of the term the mechanisms that will be employed to monitor attendance. Performance of roll call shall be a faculty responsibility with the method for taking roll call left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

In the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate the maximum number of clock hours a student can be absent is a total of 90 clock hours. This total of 90 hours includes both the campus and virtual learning modalities. During the time period of May 2018 to November 2018, a student may not miss more than 45 clock hours, which includes both the campus and virtual learning modalities. During the time period of November 2018 to April 2019, a student may not miss more than 45 clock hours, which includes both the campus and virtual learning modalities.

Students are required to attend clinic throughout the term they are enrolled in, regardless of them finishing their necessary clinic hours. These surplus hours can carry over term-to-term. Students will be required to attend the clinical practice for a minimum of 4 hours per week until the end of the program, regardless of how soon they have completed their registered hours. For Ayurvedic Practitioner, there are 6 additional mandatory clinic dates (Sundays) and 4 additional virtual classes (Thursdays) where we will go over certain topics more in-depth. If a Clinical Student fails to attend the clinic shift without an exception, a “no-show” is recorded for that shift. If more than three “no-shows” are reported on the attendance record during 15 weeks, the student receives a failing grade of “F” and is dropped from the program.

Students will be required to make up missed quizzes and examination.

A missed final exam retake may require applicable fee.

Any exam review and grade challenges for examinations, quizzes, or other assignments must be completed within 1 week of the grade submission.

If absent, students are responsible for the information presented during the hours of instruction.

If a student missed the classroom hours and if it is less than 10% of each 450-hour period of the Practitioner program, students can make up the participation points by completing the additional assignments given by the faculty. Making up the participation hours is not a right; it is at faculty’s discretion.

Examination Requirements

For each course, there may be at least a quiz, midterm, and final exam. The final exam covers all the materials for the entire course. A comprehensive examination will be conducted at the end of each certificate program, which includes all the materials covered in the certificate program.

Students must receive passing grades in all classes (70% and above) in order to receive their certificate. Students who receive under 70% as their final grade in any course may be eligible for a Final Exam retake within 10 days of the final grade posting. The student may be required to pay a retake fee of $50. A student may only retake the final exam once. The Final course grade after that will be the grade of record. If the final grade is still below 70% for a course after a retake, the student will be dropped from the class. In this case, students will need to register for the class when it is offered again. All courses are given a final examination, which may be written, oral, or practical.

Tuition and Fees

For current tuition and fees, refer to the published Tuition and Fees schedule. Tuition and fees are approved by the Board of Regents annually. The University reserves the right to adjust tuition and/or fees.

In the event a student must withdraw or take a program leave, a partial refund of the full program tuition may be available. The percentage of tuition student is responsible for is based on the number of calendar days elapsed between the first day of the program and the official withdrawal/leave date provided by Registrar department.

1-14 days: 0% Tuition responsibility
15-49 days: 25% Tuition responsibility
50-100 days: 50% Tuition responsibility
101-150 days: 75% Tuition responsibility
+150 days: 100% Tuition responsibility (no refund)

*** Fees for terms attended, and reservation deposit are non-refundable

Representative Schedule of Courses


The course sequence, course numbers, course names, hours, and units are subject to change. Completion of any equivalent prerequisite coursework is determined by the instructor(s), department chair(s), and/or dean(s).

Program Learning Outcomes

Professionalism and Communication
The graduate will demonstrate integrity and respect for all, and communicate professionally.

Ayurvedic Philosophies
The graduate will able to describe Philosophy and basic principles explained in ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Nutrition Practitioner
The graduate will assess patient’s diet and recommend ayurvedic dietary plan for health promotion and disease management.

Herbal Therapies Practitioner
The graduate will select and recommend single herbs and their combination including commonly used formula for health promotion and disease management.

Ayurvedic Therapies Practitioner
The graduate will recommend and perform basic Ayurvedic therapies including detoxification and rejuvenation for health promotion and disease management.

Yoga Practitioner
The graduate will select and recommend of yogic practices for health promotion care and disease management.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The graduate will apply ayurvedic health promotion and disease prevention principles for healthy aging.

Business and Clinical Practice
The graduate will apply business principles to develop and manage wellness practice.

Ayurvedic Assessment and Diagnosis
The graduate will take detail history and will use clinical reasoning skills to assess and make ayurvedic diagnosis.

Ayurvedic Disease Management Plan
The graduate will use clinical reasoning skills to determine the Ayurvedic disease management plan.

The graduate will describe basic western Anatomy and Physiology including pathology for common diseases.

Evidence-Informed Practice
Synthesize and apply historical and scientific evidence in clinical practice.

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