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.