Admissions and Enrollment - Ayurveda courses


The California College of Ayurveda accepts a limited number of students into each of its classes. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Individuals who submit their applications by the priority application deadline receive special consideration for admission into the class of their choice. When a class has been filled, students will be added to a waiting list for the next class.

Admissions Prerequisites and Other Program Requirements

Prior to entering our Ayurvedic Health Counelor program students are required to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students who enroll in the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist program must have completed a college-level anatomy and physiology course.

All anatomy and physiology classes must include the following subjects: digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, cardiovascular system, female reproductive system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the endocrine system. Please check with the Enrollment Department to see if a class will meet our requirement.

Students should submit a copy of their transcript or similar documentation to the College. This requirement is waived for licensed health care practitioners (M.D., D.C., N.D., L.Ac., R.N.), upon documentation of the license. If you have not completed a college level anatomy and physiology course, please contact the college to learn the options that are available to you.

Non-Discrimination Policy

All applicants are considered equally. CCA does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, nationality, or disability in its admissions process.

Credits for Previous Ayurvedic Study

Students of other recognized Ayurvedic programs in the United States may take a placement examination to determine their competency in Ayurvedic principles and practices. This examination covers topics in  the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program only. Students who take this exam and do well may be exempted from the AHC training program or be asked to take only specific courses in areas of weakness. Others may be required to attend all classes. The fee for the placement examination is $250.00. This fee may be applied toward future classes in the program that need to be completed.

Ayurvedic Doctors with a B.A.M.S. degree from India may take placement exams for both academic levels of our programs. Each examination is $250.00. Candidates who pass both exams will be allowed to enter directly into our internship programs.

To take an advanced placement exam, a student must first apply and submit evidence of prior ayurvedic training. Please contact the College for further information.





Frequently Asked Questions about Enrollment


1. Why should I choose the California College of Ayurveda for my Ayurvedic education?

Standards: CCA has the highest academic and clinical standards in the West. Our students are well known to be the finest trained in North America. Candle

Success: Because of the clarity, focus and excellence of CCA's educational process, CCA has graduated the most successful practitioners in the country.

Making Medicines: CCA offers the most extensive herbal training in the country. Our program is one of the few in the United States where residents and interns have the opportunity to make each and every medicine they prescribe to their patients and participate in a special herbal apprenticeship program taking herbs from seed to medicine.

Internship: While most internships at other schools still only include observing a teacher seeing patients or performing consultation on other students, CCA’s professional internship program includes both observation and working directly with patients. CCA is also the only school in the country in which C.A.S. interns are paid while they are in school for the work they do. This builds self-esteem and confidence as you go into practice.

Residency: CCA is the only school in the country to offer an advanced paid residency program in disease management.

Cohesive Program: The program at CCA has been refined over an 18-year period. Every facet of CCA's training program is designed to coordinate a student's learning experience. Rather than provide students with seminar teachers who do not coordinate with each other, CCA's teaching staff is a completely integrated unit, meeting regularly, and working together to assure a cohesive learning experience.

Excellence in Teaching Staff: Teachers at CCA are hand-picked by Dr. Halpern for their knowledge, their ability to communicate clearly, and their ability to teach in an organized manner. All teachers also go through special “teacher training” to assure competency in the classroom. Each teacher has also developed important insights into the knowledge and brings these insights into the learning experience of the student. Perhaps most importantly, our faculty is living the principles of Ayurveda every day. 

State and National Standards: Dr. Marc Halpern was instrumental in developing the currently accepted national guidelines for ayurvedic practitioner education and is leading the effort to raise those standards nationwide. Your education at CCA exceeds current guidelines and prepares you for the future of Ayurveda in the United States.

Classroom Hours: CCA offers more classroom hours of training in pure ayurvedic knowledge than any other major school in the United States.  

Post-Graduate Study in India: Students who graduate from the California College of Ayurveda have several opportunities to participate in training programs and internships in India. CCA has a relationship with several Ayurvedic doctors and hospitals in India where interns can participate in apprenticeships. 

Traditional, "Authentic" Ayurvedic Education: CCA is committed to helping students understand the complete science of Ayurveda as it was articulated thousands of years ago by the ancient teachers. This knowledge is contained in three major and three minor texts of Ayurveda written between 1500 B.C. and 1500 A.D.  The curriculum at CCA helps to bring this ancient wisdom to you in a modern and easily understandable format.


2. Where did the titles "Ayurvedic Health Practitioner" and "Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist" originate?

 Dr. Marc Halpern developed the title of Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (C.A.S.) in 1995 for graduates of the California College of Ayurveda who have achieved the school's highest level of training in both health promotion and disease management. The C.A.S. title has become recognized as the highest standard of clinical ayurvedic education offered in the United States. The title Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (A.H.P.) was introduced in 2007 by CCA to recognize our graduates specializing in preventative Ayurvedic medicine.


3. Can my work at CCA help me to receive a Master's degree in Ayurveda?

Yes. The California College of Ayurveda has a memorandum of understanding with Hindu University of America. Students who wish to receive a Master’s Degree may apply their credits of study at CCA toward a Master’s degree. Students who wish to receive their Master's degree in Ayurveda need to complete at least our A.H.P. program to apply. Hindu University then requires that students complete a course in Hinduism and Sanskrit through their university along with a final research thesis paper or two additional electives. All additional course work can be completed through their distance learning program. Please note that in the United States, a Master’s degree does not afford any additional practice rights. The Master’s Degree program is administered by Hindu University of America.













How to Apply to Receive Ayurvedic Training

How to Apply

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Online Application

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Application for Admission online. It is essential that you supply all requested information.

If you have questions or comments about applying for enrollment please contact:

There is a $150.00 application fee and payment is required at the time an application is submitted. Payments are accepted online or Call 1 530 478-9100 X 0 to pay by credit card. If you do not wish to pay online, please print the application and mail it to the college with a check to CCA 700 Zion Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.                                                                                                       



Paper application

Send the completed Application for Admission form with the application fee of $150, payable to the California College of Ayurveda, 700 Zion Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. The application processing fee is non-refundable.

If you would like more information on the programs, you are welcome to schedule a time to speak with our enrollment specialist.  Please call the front desk reception to schedule at  866-541-6699 ext. 0 or  530-478-9100 ext. 0.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Below is a brief description of our tuition and financial aid programs. For a complete description, please download or order our catalog

Tuition and Fees

Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)


Registration Fee for all programs including internships (non-refundable)


STRF Fee (non-refundable, estimated amount, amount varies by program, California residents/residency programs only, Textbooks, Teaching and Reference material required (without tax or shipping) $0.00

Textbooks, Teaching & Reference material required (without tax or shipping)

Healing Your Life book $12.95
A.H.C.-1 $150.00
C.A.S.-1 $175.00
A.H.C.-2 $50.00
C.A.S.-2 $50.00
Ayurvedic Doctor $75.00

Professional Training Programs Tuition


Ayurvedic Health Counselor-1


Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-1


Ayurvedic Health Counselor-2, Internship*


Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-2, Internship* $6,000.00
Ayurvedic Doctor, Internship $6,000.00

Workshop discounts with program enrollment

$100.00 discount


In-House Financing and Scholarship information

The California College of Ayurveda offers in-house financing to allow students to make low monthly payments. From time to time the College needs office assistance at our Nevada City campus. We give priority consideration to current students for these positions. To be considered, include your resume and indicate an interest when you send in your application. Students who qualify for vocational training or vocational rehabilitation funds may apply to their local or regional programs for financing. For students unable to take advantage of these options, the College also offers the Dhanvantari Scholarship Program, a need-based partial scholarship available to a limited number of students. Contact our Financial Aid Department for more information. Programs are generally enrolled in and paid for separately; however, we do also offer the option of making combined payments in advance for special discounts.

For information about monthly tuition payment plans: Please download or order our catalog. Click Here





Speak to a Graduate


Talk to a graduate about their experience at the California College of Ayurveda.
The following graduates have given permission to be contacted by prospective students and are happy to answer questions and reflect on the educational process at the CCA. Many are in private practice and see patients as well.




Ragaia Belovarac
CCA Pancha Karma Instructor

Blue Sage Sanctuary
P.O. Box 2135,
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 292-1822

Monika Joshi

Marisa Laursen
Faculty, California College of Ayurveda

Grass Valley, California

(909) 896-2004

Melanie MacDonald
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Therapist
Petaluma, California

Rammohan (Ram) Rao; PhD.
Research Associate Professor-Neuroscience
Faculty-California College of Ayurveda
Editor-Ayurveda Journal of Health

Novato, California 94947
421-San Marin Dr
(415) 717-3968

Dr. Vandana Soni

Medical Ayurveda Rejuvanation Center
Newport Center
363 San Miguel Drive, Suite 190
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-4566

Elana Berman

Los Angeles, CA
(310) 991-9277

Alissa Page

Fort Collins, CO
(970) 310-3896

Tesia Love

Charlotte, NC

Niika Quistgard
International consultations, education,
presentations, and B2B consulting 

New Jersey
(908) 638-8843

Anuradha Thakrar

Bangalore, India
Calling from US: (630) 492-6158
Calling from India: 91.9866.217.471

Alex Fraim
Yoga Instructor
Integrative Health Consulting

Waldkirch, Germany

Ruchira Malhotra
(909) 979-0102

Formats of ayurvedic education


The California College of Ayurveda recognizes that a variety of educational formats are needed to meet the needs of differing student situations. The College offers students the opportunity to study Ayurveda at a distance and receive the same credit toward all certifications.

Full-Time Program

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 program may be completed in five to six months. The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may also be completed in about an additional six-seven months. Classes are held mid-week and are available in Nevada City (Northern California). Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 2 years to attain the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification.

Weekend Program

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1program may be completed in approximately eleven to twelve months meeting one weekend each month. The  The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may be completed in an additional 15 months. Weekend programs are held at our Nevada City location and are broadcast live over the internet.  Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to attain the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification.

Live Internet

All classes (weekend and full time) held in Nevada City are broadcast live over the internet using Vedaweb™ technology. This format enables students to be fully participating members of the class – to see and be seen by the instructor, to ask questions, to view class materials, to participate in class discussions – all in real time. This format is ideal for students who live at a distance but who still want to be a part of the classroom community. [Frequently Asked Questions]

Distance Learning Program The College's Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education and a one-to-one relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students’ education. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship and continues at that time in the form of field-internship and live-internet classes. At that time, the student joins with interns from the classroom program.
TheAyurvedic Health Counselor 1 program may be completed in approximately one year meeting once a month with the Master Teacher. The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may be completed in approximately one additional year. Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
If a Distance Learning student wants to continue to internship they can apply for field internship. All internships begin their internship with an Intensive in Nevada City at the College with an instructor in a small group study session in order to gain hands-on experience in diagnostics and participate in group discussions. The College can assist students in making local housing arrangements. 

The College's Distance Learning Program is the preferred format for our international students looking for online ayurveda training

Educational Formats of the Ayurvedic Programs at CCA

Dr. Halpern discusses the various educational formats offered at CCA, such as Classroom, Vedaweb(TM) (live over the internet) and Distance Learning. The talk is followed by a Q&A session.


Ayurveda training online in the distance Learning



Ayurveda training in the Distance Learning Program

ProgramsAt CCA we recognize that not everyone has the ability to put their life on hold, pick up the family, and move to California. This is especially true for international students. With our Distance Learning Program, those limitations no longer have to hold you back from fulfilling your dreams of becoming an Ayurvedic Health Educator or Ayurvedic Health Practitioner.

What makes our Distance Learning Program the Gold Standard in Ayurvedic Education?

  • One of the reasons the CCA’s Distance Learning program is so successful is that it is a highly structured program.  This is not a loosely-administered, open-ended program that students may or may not complete.  Completion rates are very high because the CCA maintains the highest standards of education for this program.  Students in the Distance Learning program are held to the same standards as students in the classroom, and will merge with our classroom students during the internship program.

Monthly conferences with your own personal instructor to keep you motivated, connected, and on target to reach your goals.
The CCA Distance Learning Program combines the best of home schooling, mentorship, and classroom education.
Limited space in the program ensures a premium education strengthening your confidence and ability to succeed while enriching your life of healing others.
Monthly start dates let you control your schedule and enjoy a program that fits your life.
• Certificate presentation at each level of completion lets the world know you are an expert in your field.
•Full graduation ceremony for Level 2 graduates shares your accomplishments with friends and family recognizing your success.

We invite you to join us and become a certified Ayurvedic Health Educator or Practitioner in the comfort of your home.
Let us show you how it is possible to support your family while still having time to enjoy them.


VedaWeb FAQ Online Ayurveda Training - Frequently Asked Questions

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to offer
VedaWeb Program access!

In order to help you better understand our VedaWeb classroom, please read the following:

What can I expect in the VedaWeb classroom?Veda Web

The VedaWeb classroom is intended to provide you with virtually the same experience as our students in the classroom.  This is NOT a distance learning program--this is live, in the classroom.  The teacher will be able to see you and you will be able to see the teacher. You'll also see all presentation materials and be able to ask questions just like any other student in the class.

What type of internet connection do I need?

You must have a broadband connection (DSL, cable or satellite).  Dial-up is just too slow.  Wireless can be used, but it may be unreliable.

What type of computer do I need?

You can use either a PC or Mac to join the VedaWeb Classroom.  The technical requirements vary depending on the type of computer:


  • 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), 8.0 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later, Windows Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Mac OS

  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, and 10.10
  • Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome


  • Ubuntu 14.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 13.1
  • No add-in support for Linux. Users on Linux can attend meetings in the browser.
  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 23.0

What other equipment do I need?

Webcam - You will need to have a webcam attached to your computer.  Be sure to plug in your camera before opening the meeting software.

USB Headset - This will ensure there is no static or echo to disturb the class

How do I access the VedaWeb classroom?

Once you are enrolled in a class, an invitation to attend will be sent via email. A new email will be sent for each class. There will be a link in the email that takes you to the classroom. Log in as a guest and type your name to enter your class.


Online ayurvedic training for international students

ProgramsDistance Learning

The California College of Ayurveda Distance Learning Program is open to students worldwide. Students can complete AHC1 and CAS1 at a distance. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship, at which time, the student may choose a Field Internship program.

Live Internet Classes

The California College of Ayurveda broadcasts its full-time and weekend programs live over the internet using Vedaweb™ technology. International students may attend these classes however time zone differences can make attendance difficult.

Internship Preparation Intensive

At the beginning of each internship all students must attend an in person intensive.  There are no exceptions to this. 


Visa Information

Because of the structure of the educational programs at the California College of Ayurveda, international students cannot receive a special student visa to stay in our country and study for an extended period of time. International students should apply for a regular tourist visa. Please note the California College of Ayurveda does not check the immigration status of our students. You will not be required to show a visa to attend classes.

We can not assist students in obtaining a visa.  All visas must be obtained from an American embassy or consulate.  For more information refer to Department of State Website.  For embassy and consulate locations, refer to

Other Information

Payments - All payments for the programs can be made by credit card online or over the phone.  

Language – All classes are taught in English.  All textbooks are in English and all exams are giving in English.  The College does not provide ESL training.

Transfers – It is possible for you to transfer to one of the College’s classroom programs at any time.

Communication with Master Teacher – Master Teachers who are assigned to international students all have the ability to communicate with the student using Skype or Windows Live Messenger.





Academic Schedule


The class schedule dates below are the start dates for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 program. For students who wish to continue with all programs, studies will culminate in the attainment of an Ayurvedic Doctor certification. See the individual program descriptions for locations and formats for each program.


Full-Time Programs





March 20, 2018

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St.
Nevada City, CA 95959

October 9, 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St.
Nevada City, CA 95959


January 9, 2018

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St. 
Nevada City, CA 95959

October 23, 2018

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St. 
Nevada City, CA 95959

Weekend Programs





March 17, 2018

Saturday & Sunday

12-2pm lunch

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St.
Nevada City, CA 95959



April 14, 2018

Saturday & Sunday
12-2pm lunch
CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St. 
Nevada City, CA 95959

Please note that the priority deadline dates are to secure your space in class upon enrollment completion.

[1] Distance learning students may begin their program on the first  or fifteenth of every month.

[2] The California College of Ayurveda's administrative offices, staff, and student services are located in Nevada City/Grass Valley, CA. The CCA is an academic institution and is not affiliated with any one spiritual group or organization.