A letter from Kerala Ayurveda Academy Director, Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath:
It’s with great pleasure I announce the launch of Kerala Ayurveda Academy’s third level Ayurvedic Doctor certification program, open to students from all Ayurvedic schools. It’s a 2.5-year program with 2,500 hours of learning, including both in-class and live streamed training hours, clinical internship, projects and a clinical specialty. The prerequisite for this program is a level II certification or equivalent, and the first session begins this August 24.
The Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) program is a culmination of our academy’s strong desire to create confident, advanced clinicians of Ayurveda, capable of helping people with the complex health concerns in this modern world. Our mission is to preserve the authenticity of Ayurveda in the U.S., which is why the curriculum of this program is carefully designed to align with the World Health Organization’s benchmarks for Ayurvedic training, as well as the curriculum for the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree in India. To satisfy the unique standards here in the U.S., this program matches the competencies from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) for Ayurvedic Doctor professional membership. It is also approved by California state’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
As you may know, Kerala Ayurveda Academy was established in 2006 and has grown from one 500-hour certification program to now three levels of professional certification, the specialty Panchakarma certification, plus several continuing education workshops. This growth is a sign that we are, as a community, fulfilling the deeper mission – to spread awareness of Ayurveda and help positively shift the lives of more people.
Coming from India and representing an Ayurvedic lineage, I have witnessed the profound healing potential of Ayurveda – not just in my two and a half decades of practice as an Ayurvedic Doctor, but throughout my entire life. Growing up, herbal medicine and Panchakarma was not an alternative choice, but just a way of life. It has been my personal mission to share the traditional teachings of Ayurveda with the world: train high quality professionals of Ayurveda in traditional Indian medicine, and transmit the most comprehensive, holistic and personalized healing methodologies.
It is my hope that the addition of our level III AD program will support the continued learning of those who wish to reach their full potential as Ayurvedic professionals with advanced clinical training, at the highest level of certification here in the U.S.
For those of you who are ready and qualified, we invite you to apply to our first AD program beginning this August. Our online application launches this Friday, February 8.
Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath
Vice President & Academy Director
Kerala Ayurveda USA