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 online and receive the same credit toward all certifications.
Our full-time program offers classes which are attended either in the classroom at our Nevada City campus, or Live Internet through our Vedaweb™ system. Students are in class nine hours per week. Due to the extensive amount of class work (studying, assignments, etc.) outside of the regular class hours, this program is ideal for students who do not work full time while attending school. Students who work full time should consider our weekend or distance learning programs.
• The Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program takes approximately 1 year to complete.
• The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Program takes approximately 2.5 years to complete.
• The Medical Ayurvedic Specialist Certificate Program takes approximately 4 years to complete.
Note that class completion times may vary depending upon the class schedule and whether or not a student chooses to take breaks between classes.
Our weekend program offers a slower pace that allows students a greater opportunity to work while going to school. Classes meet one weekend per month. Classes can be attended either in the classroom at our Nevada City campus or live-over- the-internet through our Vedaweb™ system. Students are in class 16 hours per weekend. Students who are in the weekend program are better suited to work full-time while going to school.
Weekend and Distance Learning Format:
• The Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine Program takes approximately 12 months to complete.
• The Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program takes approximately 1.5 year to complete.
• The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Program takes approximately 3.5 years to complete.
• The Medical Ayurvedic Specialist Certificate Program takes approximately 5 years to complete.
Note that class completion times may vary depending upon the class schedule as well as whether or not a student chooses to take breaks between courses.
Distance Learning/Mentorship Program
The College’s Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home-schooling, classroom education, and a relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the student’s education. Learning modalities include reading, projects, access to videos, and time spent with your master teacher. Unique to this program is that you will be part of a small cohort of distance learning students sharing an intimate and engaging experience.
Distance Learning Format:
CCA’s Distance Learning format is a revolutionary and innovative format that integrates independent study with the option to join open class hours with a Master Teacher. Distance Learning is available for the Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine and Clinical Ayurvedic Medicine courses. For the internship courses, Distance Learning students must come to the intensives in person. After that, they can join classes via the above described Vedaweb™ system. Students may move as quickly as they wish through the course, so they may be able to end sooner than Full Time and Weekend courses.
The Distance Learning Program is the ideal format for International Students looking for online ayurvedic training as well as for students living in the United States who are independent, motivated, self-starters.
Please note: A Master Teacher is a graduate of CCA who has received additional training to guide students through our program. Master Teachers help keep students on track and moving forward and are available to answer academic questions.
Live Internet (Vedaweb™) Classes:
Students may attend weekend and full-time classes live over the internet from the comfort of their own home. Vedaweb™ students are held accountable to the same attendance and performance standards as other students. Our Vedaweb™ internet technology allows students with high-speed internet access to view the teacher, the class presentation, and allows for two way (audio and video) communication as if the student is in the classroom. Students must have high-speed internet access, a headset, and a webcam. Additional technology requirements can be found in the technology disclosure within the enrollment documents. Students must be able to create a quiet space for study and not be distracted by external events and have their webcam on during class. We require that all students take our free training in how to use this technology.
Please note that Vedaweb™ Internship students need to attend an intensive on-site in Nevada City at the start of each internship.
Also, note that all regular classes are recorded and this may include the thumbnail images of the participants.
View Frequently Asked Questions.
Internships (On-site and off-site)
All education formats eventually lead to internship. Students in each of our internship programs may either perform their internship in the college’s professional community clinic or within their own communities. Students who perform off-site internships are supervised at a distance by one of our Intern Supervisors.
Learn More About Our Educational Formats
In this audio recording, Dr. Halpern discusses the various educational formats offered at the California College of Ayurveda:
- Classroom (full-time & weekend)
- Vedaweb™ (live over Internet)
- Distance Learning
The talk is followed by a Q&A session.
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