The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 2
 
General Program Information

We are pleased to announce the success of our newest addition to our ASP Level 2 program. We completed the expansion of student clinical skills through the addition of our 1st trimester in the ASP 2 level program in 2013. The development gained during the 1st trimester has significantly enhanced our student’s skill levels in the area of clinical and practitioner studies in both Ayurvedic and Western Assessment skills. Along with this more thorough program, we now have a student clinic on our campus: The Ayurvedic Center for Healing, Life, and Longevity. This clinic provides six clinical treatment rooms, a supervisor consultant room, grand rounds room, and reception area. It is open to our students and the general public.

ASP 2 is divided into three 10-week trimesters. The school year begins October 6, 2014 with a required orientation. Classes end Friday, May 29, 2015, with oral practical exams beginning June 8, 2015 and graduation on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

This program is limited to 25 full-time certificate students. ASP 2 applications are accepted throughout the academic year and after oral exams for all current ASP 1 students. Registration deadline is September 1 for US citizens and July 15 for international students.

This program includes lectures, breakout sessions, and an emphasis on practical exercises and supervised clinical consultations. Students earn 777 hours total of classroom and clinical time spending an average of 25 hours per week in class and clinic (as compared to 16+ hours per week for a full university class load). Classes are offered Monday through Friday with a clinical rotation offered during the day, evenings, or weekends.

Course content is built upon ASP 1 curriculum, and may include repetition as concepts are reviewed, examined, and worked with in a practical setting.

Each week, a student can expect to spend a minimum of 1 hour on outside assignments and homework for each hour of class time. Anticipate spending 40-50 hours per week focused on school, including class time, clinic shift, and outside homework.

While it is possible to work part-time, the time students have available beyond classes and study is very limited. We recommend strong consideration before taking on outside work.

Special Ayurvedic weekend seminars and intensives that offer in-depth study of specific areas of Ayurveda are available at an additional fee with student discounts. Vasant Lad’s seminars may repeat some information included in the regular curriculum, as well as have more in-depth lecture with additional information. (See Seminars and Intensives).

The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to make adjustments to the curriculum without prior notification to students.

 

Dr. Lad conducting a seminar

The Ayurvedic Studies Program 2 offers continued training in Ayurvedic theory and practice for students planning a clinical career as an Ayurvedic practitioner. Graduates possess a deeper understanding of constitutional imbalance and the Ayurvedic perspective of pathology and will be able to consult with clients utilizing Ayurvedic principles including lifestyle management, basic Ayurvedic herbalism, and yoga recommendations.

ASP 2 is designed specifically for ASP 1 graduates and graduates of other schools’ NAMA 500-hour practitioner programs who are recognized by the Dean of Education and faculty as having demonstrated a high level of participation, commitment, and understanding indicative of a career professional. Students acquire an advanced understanding of the principles and practices of Ayurveda through observation and discussion of case-based Ayurvedic etiology, pathology, and treatment. The NAMA website.

Graduates will be able to educate clients to understand their own constitutions and any imbalances they experience. Consultations will include making non-medical lifestyle choices for restoring and maintaining a healthy life through integrated Ayurvedic recommendations for the most common pre-diagnosed medical conditions and health problems. They will be able to apply Ayurveda to other health care disciplines and be strong contributors in a holistic medical practice. Licensed health care providers will be able to apply Ayurvedic techniques in their own clinical practices.

Vasant Lad makes a commitment to share what he has learned in more than 40 years of teaching and clinical practice. In return, he requires a commitment on the part of the dedicated student to learn, present, and practice Ayurveda in a manner consistent with his principles and practices and those of the Ayurvedic Institute.

ASP2 Transfer Students

Transfer students are welcome directly into the ASP 2 program. Acceptance is based on the student application, entrance oral exam, phone or Skype interview with the Dean of Education, and an acceptable transcript from a NAMA approved 500-hour Practitioner Level Program, including a basic understanding of Sanskrit and 60 hours of Anatomy and Physiology. Successful completion of our online learning courses is mandatory for those students who do not meet the Sanskrit and A&P requirements.


Certificate Options

Students may choose to participate in the Ayurvedic Studies Program 2 with one of the following options.

1) Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Certificate
Students may participate in the ASP 2 program as full time certificate students only. Students develop knowledge and skill through individual and progressive group work, interactive exercises, research projects, presentations, and supervised practice in our clinic with community clients to develop clinical competencies. Successful completion of the program results from passing all courses and the oral practical exam at the end of the year. These students pay full program tuition. They earn an Ayurvedic Practitioner Health certification (APH). Graduates of the ASP 2 program qualify for NAMA’s current Professional Level Membership.

 

2) Audit Ayurvedic Lectures only
Applicants wishing to audit the Gurukula sessions with Vasant Lad on a session-by-session basis or for full trimesters may contact the Dean of Education. Such applicants will need to provide official documentation of considerable Ayurvedic training and be interviewed by the Dean of Education. Upon review and approval, they may attend Vasant Lad’s Gurukula sessions provided classroom space is available. Full payment of tuition is required in advance and is non-refundable. Students who pay for and attend the audited Ayurvedic lectures full time receive a letter stating the hours of auditing attendance.

For details on applications and approvals, please refer to Admissions and Registration.


Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 2 Course Descriptions
 
Gurukula Lecture I, II
Vasant Lad Client Consultations and Lectures

These courses are based on “client centered” learning. Students observe Vasant Lad consulting with Panchakarma (PK) clients to learn the art and science behind his assessments, findings, and recommendations. Vasant Lad personally teaches based on his extensive understanding of the ancient texts as well as his long years of experience as an Ayurvedic physician and surgeon. He works with each client uniquely, applying his knowledge and experience in each consultation.

 

Students observe Vasant Lad as he reviews PK client assessments and management recommendations as well as the specific pathophysiology of the imbalances observed. Areas of study include the Ayurvedic concepts of Nidana (etiology), Samprapti (pathogenesis), Ashtavidha Pariksha (examination), Chikitsa (management of imbalance and disease), Shamana (palliative measures), Shodhana (cleansing measures), and Rasayana (rejuvenatives).


Applied Ayurvedic Skills I, II, III

This course offers hands-on practicum in treatment and assessment modalities with an emphasis on practicum. Students are

  introduced to and practice a limited number of therapeutic techniques including marma, limited panchakarma procedures, and pulse assessment.

Advanced Clinical Assessment

This class will focus on advancing the perception of the practitioner while exploring

  and practicing assessment skills from varying perspectives.

Western Physical Assessment

This course is a practical/lab-based course covering a hands-on assessment and palpation of the human body. It is designed to

 

prepare the students for further study in Ayurvedic pathophysiology as presented in later lectures.

 
Pathophysiology I, II

These courses are designed to support the students’ learning process within the ASP 2 program. Information is at an introductory level. It introduces the student to pathophysiology and discusses concepts and medical terms used by Vasant Lad in ASP 2 Ayurvedic Lectures. Material is presented primarily from a western viewpoint, with Ayurvedic references when

  possible within the context of the course. Students will gain an understanding of function and dysfunction of organ systems as defined by western science enabling the student to communicate with clients as well as with other health care professionals in order to promote optimal client care..


Student Clinic I, II, III

Student clinic consists of supervised Ayurvedic consultations and teaches the correct application of Ayurvedic principles with the ability to establish trust, credibility, and rapport with the client. Students progressively apply the principles and skills learned in other courses, gaining confidence in their Ayurvedic

 

lifestyle consultations. They develop the ability to manage successfully multiple factors such as initial examination, report of findings, recommendations and follow up. All clinic sessions include grand rounds where clinical staff facilitates group discussion for a more in-depth understanding of cases. Clinics are graded as pass/fail.


Medical Ethics and Introduction to Practice Management

This course is designed to assist students in functioning effectively and appropriately as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner within the range of their scope of practice. It will address many of the ethical and practical topics appropriate to healthcare providers, including an introduction to starting up their own practice. Using lecture, activities and group discussion, this class

 

provides an orientation to the relationship between practitioner, client, and managing a practice, while developing skills in areas of observation, confidentiality, communication, boundary setting, and exploring one’s unique vision of oneself as a practitioner. Participation is a critical first step in the development of a compassionate and professional healthcare provider.


Research Techniques and Risk Management

With lecture and group discussion, this class provides information on the basics of scientific research. This information is important in helping the student identify and evaluate the

 

quality of research studies. This course will also address many of the ethical, legal, and practical topics appropriate to healthcare providers, exploring many of them in depth.


Herb Preparation

This class will include common herbal preparations that can be easily combined with dietary recommendations. Instruction will

  include demonstration by the instructor as well hands-on time for students as time and space allows.

Case Studies I, II

Students work with case studies specifically designed by Vasant Lad that incorporate the most commonly encountered etiologies and

  pathologies as well as the appropriate treatments.

Ayurvedic Materia Medica I, II

Students are exposed to the correct, appropriate, effective, safe, ethical, and legal use of a limited selection of herbs. These courses include the study of qualities, actions, effects, applications, indications and contra-

 

indications, toxicity, and dosage of a selection of Ayurvedic herbs as dietary supplements in the process of conducting Ayurvedic lifestyle education and consultations. Students are introduced to a limited number of therapeutic approaches.


Case Studies I, II
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Students work with case studies specifically designed by Vasant Lad that incorporate the

  most commonly encountered etiologies and pathologies as well as the appropriate treatments.

Ayuryoga® IV, V, VI
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The principles and understanding of Ayurveda learned in the ASP 1 program will be applied to the therapeutic practice of yoga. These courses are based on the application of the eight limbs of yoga with a focus on asana, pranayama, and pratyahara. Students learn how yoga may be used to correct and maintain constitutional   balance, through applied theory and clinical application with clients. Class participation is focused on understanding Ayurvedic applications and is not intended as a personal yoga routine. Students are responsible for establishing personal yoga routines outside of the curriculum.

Ayurvedic Perspective on Women & Children’s Health I, II
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This class will teach ASP 2 students how to assess, design, and implement diet, lifestyle, and herbal supplements, giving appropriate recommendations to manage women’s

  reproductive health and imbalances, including care of newborns and children of all ages. Part I consists of foundational information and Part II focuses on skill levels.

Classical Texts

In this course students learn how the classical texts are arranged and methodology for

 

navigating them. Students will also begin to use them in a clinical setting.


Sanskrit Review and IV, V

As a continuation of the ASP I courses, ASP 2 Sanskrit reviews grammar and pronunciation of the Devanagari script as well as fundamental Sanskrit chants. Students are given the opportunity to analyze and memorize specific

 

Ayurvedic sutras and vocabulary while they continue learning to read and write Sanskrit. These courses emphasize the proper pronunciation of chants and sutras while declining nouns and conjugating verbs.


Medical Jyotish I, II, III

An introduction to Jyotisha, Vedic astrology, and how to use it in conjunction with Ayurveda to gain insight into potential health issues and the

 

patterns that underlie them, along with complementary solutions that may assist in their resolution.

 
Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 2 Calendar
Trimester 1, Fall 2014
October 9

October 13
November 27 - 30
December 19
December 20 - January 4

ASP 2, Begin Orientation
Trimester 1 Tuition Due
First Day of Class
Thanksgiving Break
Last Day of Class
Winter Break

Trimester 2, Winter 2015
January 5

March 13
March 14 - 22


First day of class
Trimester 2 Tuition Due
Last day of Class
Spring Break

Trimester 3, Spring 2015
March 23

May 25
May 29
June 1 - 5
June 8 - 17
June 18


First Day of Class
Trimester 3 Tuition Due
Memorial Day Holiday, no classes
Last Day of Class
Make-up Class Week, if needed
Oral Exams
Graduation

Official last day of school is June 18 after graduation.


ASP 2 Course Credits and Hours

 
Credit Hours
Class Hours

1st Trimester
Applied Ayurvedic Skills I
Advanced Clinical Assessment
Western Physical Assessment
Pathophysiology I
Student Clinic I
Medical Ethics/Practice Management
Research Technique/Risk Management*
Herb Preparation
Ayuryoga IV
Medical Jyotish I
Sanskrit Review
Ayurvedic Perspective on Women &
Children’s Health I


3
2
2
2
3.5
2
1.5
2
3
2
1.5
1.5


30
20
20
20
35
20
15
20
30
20
15
15

2nd Trimester
Gurukula: Lecture and Client Consultations II
Applied Ayurvedic Skills II
Ayurvedic Materia Medica II
Case Studies I
Pathophysiology II
Student Clinic II
Ayuryoga V
Ayurvedic Perspective on Women &
Children’s Health I
Sanskrit IV optional*
Medical Jyotish II optional*


8
2.5
2.5
2.5
2
3.5
3
1.5

(1.5)
(1.5)


80
25
25
25
20
35
30
15

(15)
(15)

3rd Trimester
Gurukula: Lecture and Client Consultations III
Applied Ayurvedic Skills III
Ayurvedic Materia Medica III
Case Studies II
Student Clinic III
Ayuryoga VI
Classical Texts
Sanskrit V optional*
Medical Jyotish III optional*


8
2
2.5
2.5
3.5
3
1.5
(1.5)
(1.5)


80
20
25
25
35
30
15
(15)
(15)

Total Hours
74.5
745

* Additional fees apply.

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