Ayurvedic Doctor Program (AyD)

The Most Advanced Level of Ayurvedic Education


Our Ayurvedic Doctor Program (AyD) focuses both on expanding the student’s knowledge of Ayurveda and preparing the student to easily communicate and work with those involved in Western Medicine. We believe that this truly integrative model is the future of Ayurvedic medicine in this country.

During this program students will be attending classes as well as seeing patients. Students will come away with a deeper knowledge of Ayurveda and the ability to integrate aspects of Western medical knowledge into their practice. This will allow them to act as a bridge between the two sciences and be able to gain the highest level of understanding of a patient’s condition.

The California College of Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Doctor Program (AyD) has been approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Please note, the Ayurvedic Doctor program does not train you to be a medical doctor. The title Doctor may only be used in a clinical setting in accordance with State regulations. State regulations vary from state to state. All graduates may use the title in writing and in teaching. Recommendations for how to approach the use of your title are made during the program.

Classes and Curriculum

Students will attend classes while seeing patients during this program. They will also gain additional experience designing complex herbal formulations for a wide variety of conditions.

The Ayurvedic Doctor program begins with a 12-day Intensive to give students the skills necessary to be successful in the course. This intensive is a hybrid and contains classes on-site and online. 

Online or On-Campus Intensive

The first 9 days of the intensive can be attended online via VedaWeb or in person at our Nevada City campus.

  • Laboratory Diagnosis & Special Testing: Students will learn the value of a wide variety of laboratory diagnostic tests and how to interpret them from an Ayurvedic perspective. This includes blood tests, urine tests, and other special tests.
  • Pediatrics: Students will study the physical and emotional development of the child as well as the common diseases that affect children prior to puberty.
  • Geriatrics: Students will study the physical and emotional evolution of the aged patient beginning at the age of 60 as well as the common diseases that affect the geriatric population.
  • Introduction to Surgery: Students will gain a historical perspective on the use of surgery in Ayurvedic Medicine.
  • Toxicology: This class will survey common environmental toxins and explore the traditional ayurvedic remedies.
  • Research Methodology: This is the study of research design and how to read and interpret research with a critical eye.
  • Paperwork Requirements: Students will review paperwork requirements needed to document consultations during the program.

In-Person Intensive (AyDi)

This is a 3-day intensive that includes the following:

Advanced Pulse Diagnosis: Students will learn to perceive the subtlest qualities of the pulse and also and cultivate their intuitive skills. Students will learn the advanced art of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. Students will learn how to perceive the 10 pairs of opposite qualities in the pulse and use this knowledge to fine tune their treatment programs. Students will also practice pulse diagnosis on the general public providing a quick determination of prakruti and vikruti.

Classes During Internship: Interns will participate in weekly classes to discuss patient management, case studies and receive general support and discussion throughout the entirety of the internship.


Students will complete a minimum of 100 additional patient visits, along with 50+ additional patient encounters through group work during the mandatory intensives and the weekly group meetings.

Final Exam

Students in the Ayurvedic Doctor program must pass a comprehensive clinical examination upon completion of the program.


On-site interns receive a stipend of $60.00 per visit during their internship. Interns who complete their entire internship successfully will have earned a total of $3,000. Off-site interns receive the equivalent or greater in patient fees. A fee of $75 per initial visit and $35 per follow up visit with each patient will be returned to CCA.

Course Dates

Full Time Fall – October 12, 2021 – September 2024

Course#1 PAM 10/12/21 – 5/5/2022
Course#2 CAM 8/2/2022 – 4/18/2023
Course#3 AHCi Fall 2023
Course#4 CASi Spring 2024
Course#5 AYD August 2025

Full Time Spring – May 3, 2022 – 2024 

Course#1 PAM 5/3/2022 – 10/27/2022
Course#2 CAM Spring 2023
Course#3 AHCi Fall  2024
Course#4 CASi Spring 2024
Course#5 AYD August 2025

Weekend February 26, 2022 – 2025

Course#1 PAM
Course#2 CAM Spring 2023
Course#3 AHCi Fall 2024
Course#4 CASi Spring 2025
Course#5 AYD August 2025


Students must first complete Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 2 (CASi). Beginning in 2022, all students will also be required to have previously earned a minimum of 24 college credits (approximately 1 year of undergraduate studies) that include 6 credits in the sciences including Anatomy and/or Physiology.


This program has been approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

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* Payment Options and Scholarships are available. Inquire with your Admissions Advisor for details.

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