FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the schedule of classes at Sampoorna Ayurvedic College?
The Certificate in Ayurveda and the Associate in Ayurveda classes meet two weekends per month, both Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4pm.
The Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate meet one Saturday a month for class and varied hours for the clinical experience.
Astrology classes meet alternating Saturdays from 9 am to 12pm.
Workshops vary and are usually held on weekends or evenings.
How can I pay for classes? Do you offer Financial Aid?
Students can pay for classes by check, Paypal or cash. We offer various payment plans to accommodate all student needs. Currently, since Ayurveda is not an accredited field, no government financial aid options are available; however, students can seek private loans through their financial institutions.
Does Sampoorna Ayurvedic College offer online courses?
Because Sampoorna caters to adult learners, we provide a distance-education curriculum for Ayurveda and astrology. The online Ayurveda program is fully asynchronous, which allows students to work at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Clinical opportunities in FL are available through the student clinic; however, not mandatory. Students may work with their local practitioners to meet clinical requirements.
Sampoorna College uses Schoology, a platform for integrated class discussion, documents and embedded videos along with a private YouTube channel for recorded classes pertaining to each module.
Online courses are only available for the Certificate in Ayurvedic Medicine and the Associate in Ayurvedic Medicine. All astrology modules/levels are available online via Skype and recorded for the student.
What can I do with a degree in Ayurvedic medicine after graduation?
Students that graduate with a Certificate in Ayurvedic Medicine are eligible to conduct workshops, trainings and teach about the health-promoting benefits of Ayurveda. Many students enter private practice with an emphasis on basic counseling, nutrition protocols, and basic herbal remedies. Students who complete an Associate Degree in Ayurvedic Medicine will have advanced knowledge in herbal formulations, pulse diagnosis and pathology of illness from the Ayurvedic perspective. Students have gone into private practice, creating their own facial and herbal remedies, clothing lines, and counseling. The advanced Ayurveda degrees allow for a more clinical focused practice since the bulk of the programs are hands-on clinical training.
Do I need any special requirements to practice Ayurveda?
Currently, Ayurveda is not a licensed field, so no state or government regulatory body exists to oversee the practice of Ayurveda. However, shortly, the Council for Ayurvedic Credentialing, an accreditation agency solely dedicated to Ayurveda, will begin accrediting programs in the US and Canada. We are currently involved with CAC and using their approved curriculum and will be applying for accreditation once the process is open to Colleges nationwide. Once accreditation is established, students will need to graduate from an accredited program to practice Ayurveda in the US and Canada.
What sets you apart from other schools?
Sampoorna Ayurvedic College is different than other schools because we honor the timeless tradition and teachings of Ayurveda, astrology, and other holistic systems while maintaining academic rigor in the classroom. Our degree programs are held to the highest standards and honor a strong teaching methodology that includes student assessments and rigorous evaluation techniques.
Is the trip to India mandatory?
The trip to India is mandatory for any student completing the Associate in Ayurvedic Medicine. Students have the option of going before their second-year studies begin or once they’ve been completed. Any student in the Certificate of Ayurvedic Medicine program may also attend; however, it is not mandatory for graduation. Additionally, anyone interested in experiencing India, who is not enrolled in an Ayurvedic program, may also attend.
What are the pre-requisites for the Ayurveda programs?
Sampoorna Ayurvedic College offers five levels of Ayurvedic education. All programs require a high school diploma or an equivalent. The Certificate of Ayurvedic Medicine requires students to complete an Anatomy & Physiology course by the 6th month in the program. The Associate in Ayurvedic Medicine requires completion of a Medical Terminology course. The pre-requisites for the Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine includes Anatomy & Physiology II, CPR, and a Medical Ethics course. The Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine requires additional science courses including Chemistry, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, and Statistics. The Doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine includes all of the above-mentioned courses in addition to the Anatomy & Physiology III requirement. Courses can be taken at any local College for credit and transferred to Sampoorna Ayurvedic College College. Other options include course completion via Straighterline.com, CLEP or UniversalClass.com.
What is the Student Clinic?
The Student Clinic is one of the key features that makes Sampoorna Ayurvedic College stand out from other ayurvedic colleges. The Student Clinic is currently open to the public on the third Sunday of the month from 11am to 3pm for free ayurvedic consultations. Students at Sampoorna Ayurvedic College begin seeing clients from their first course in the program at the Student Clinic. The Clinic provides a safe learning space for students, as they receive supervision from the faculty, and provides the hands-on training necessary to excel as an Ayurvedic practitioner. As students advance in their training, their apprenticeship in the Student Clinic increases. By the end of their training, students will know how to run an ayurvedic practice.
What does a typical Ayurveda class at Sampoorna Ayurvedic College look like?
Students in the ayurvedic programs at Sampoorna Ayurvedic College start each class with a pre-test, reviewing of syllabus, homework, and assignments for the course. Throughout the month, the students receive didactic teachings along with in-class activities addressing audio, visual and kinesthetic learning styles. Each class ends with a final exam, a post-test, a Sanskrit examination and a day of hands-on clinical experience.
Does Sampoorna Ayurvedic College accept transfer credits?
Yes. Sampoorna Ayurvedic College will accept transfer credits from any NAMA approved school. If a student wishes to transfer midway through their coursework or continue onto an Associate degree or advanced program, they may do so by providing transcripts of the completed coursework.