We’re excited you’re exploring studies in Ayurveda!

Ayurveda is growing throughout the world as societies look for holistic, natural ways to stay healthy and manage chronic diseases. The California College of Ayurveda began in 1995, and it was the first college to offer professional training programs in Ayurvedic medicine outside of India.

In addition to providing students with training in the fundamental principles and practices of Ayurveda, our students study disease management and receive the clinical training necessary to become successful in practice.

In order to achieve these goals, our Distance Learning Program is offered via Live Online Classes and through our Online Mentorship Courses all of which you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. When you are ready to make Ayurveda your life’s work, CCA can help you turn your Ayurvedic passion into a successful profession.


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Our Programs

We Offer Classroom, Live Online & Online Mentorship Distance Learning Options.

In addition to providing students with training in the fundamental principles and practices of Ayurveda, our students study disease management and receive the clinical and business training necessary to become successful in practice.

Quality Ayurvedic Education is the Foundation of Preparation

At the California College of Ayurveda, you will receive the most extensive training available in the United States.

Our Main Curriculum Is Divided Into Three Streams
and All of them begin with Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine:

Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Specialists in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

An Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) is a specialist in disease prevention and health promotion. Strong counseling skills are the foundation of any Ayurvedic practice. Students are trained for a scope of practice that utilizes the five sensory therapies: diet, aromatherapy, sound, color, and touch.  An Ayurvedic Health Counselor provides guidance to their patients/clients and supports them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Graduates are prepared to go into private practice.

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Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist

Specialists in the Management of Disease

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) not only supports patients to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle, they are also proficient in the management of disease allowing graduates to work with a wider variety of patients. Students will study the diseases that affect each system of the body from both an Ayurvedic and Western perspective.  This program includes extensive training in herbal medicine. Graduates are prepared to go into private practice.
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Medical Ayurvedic Specialist

Ayurvedic Doctor doing pulse diagnosis

The Highest Level of Clinical Training Available

Medical Ayurvedic Specialist (MAS) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner with the most advanced training. They have the greatest depth of Ayurvedic education in the United States and the strongest background in understanding Western Medicine.  Graduates act as a bridge between both worlds and are best prepared to either go into private practice or integrate into the Western healthcare community. During this program students learn how to interpret laboratory tests and understand modern research while gaining greater experience working with patients. More Info »

Distance Learning Programs

The College’s Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates online learning, classroom education, and a relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students’ education. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship, and then continues in the form of field-internship and live online classes. At that time, the student joins with interns from the classroom program.


For More on Distance Learning

While the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program can be completed entirely online, higher level education (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Medical Ayurvedic Specialist) training is hybrid and includes an in-person intensive study at the Nevada City campus where students gain hands-on experience in diagnostics and observe consultations. The college can assist students in making local housing arrangements. The fees and credits for each level of the training program are the same as in the classroom programs.

The College’s Distance Learning Program is the preferred format for our international students and those who desire the greatest flexibility in their learning schedule.  The standards for competency in our distance learning program are the same as in our classroom programs.

Workshops & Intensives

In addition to our main curriculum, we offer a variety of seminars & workshops.

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy
This is hands on training taught in a 5 day intensive format. You will learn Abhyanga (ayurvedic massage), Shirodhara (oil treatment), and Svedana (herbal steam treatment). More info »

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship-
This program, offered only at our Nevada City campus, teaches students how to take an herb from seed to medicine. More info »

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
Learn to teach Yoga Nidra and help others reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both their physical and subtle bodies. More info »

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
Students will learn the classical approach to Yoga Therapy and how the eight limbs of yoga can be utilized in the healing process. There is an emphasis on asana, pranayama, mudras and bandhas. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy can be adapted to any tradition or style of yoga practice. More Info »

Advanced Ayurvedic Body Therapies

These workshops provide a variety of training in techniques that include marma therapy, facials, and dough dams. More info »

Panchakarma Specialist

A Panchakarma Specialist applies the principles of Ayurveda towards cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind.  These workshops provide advanced hands-on training so that graduates can open a Panchakarma center. More info »
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“My experience with the CCA has provided me with a solid foundation upon which my Ayurvedic career flourishes, and it has also catalyzed deep healing and growth on a personal level. I appreciate that the teachers at the CCA are inspiring, and the entire staff committed the success of their students.” ~ B. I.


“I have enjoyed my time at CCA so much. I feel I have transformed some of my old habits by learning about their roots, I have connected with a group of like minded and spirited people, and I am loving everything I’m learning! Ayurvedic theory is so simple, but when applied to the myriad imbalances people have, as they manifest differently in everyone, it becomes very complicated. And it all works, if we apply the principles! I am so grateful for my time here, not to mention the fantastic staff who contribute to the smooth running of the school.” ~ S.M.

“The internship was the most important part for me. It was the part that tied theory to practice.” ~ T.W.

“The California College of Ayurveda has shown me a path to healing myself and the world at large. I am excited and forever grateful for all that I have learned and all the places this knowledge will take me.” ~ S.H.

Each of the teachers had knowledge and experience and offered us a unique perspective in the classroom. Their ability to translate the world into the terms of Ayurveda was amazing and has helped me internalize the concepts.” ~ M.G.