The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda) Medical Director, Jupiter Medical Center Dept. of Integrative Medicine Division of Education and Research






Lake Mary Clinic, Gerson Ayurvedic Spa, and Panchakarma Facility: at 635 Primera Blvd. Lake Mary, Florida 32746

Jupiter Medical Center at The Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness
1210 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, Florida 33458, Suite M-117.2




 Telephone: (561) 263-MIND (6463); option 2 (407) 549-2800


Diploma Course in Ayurveda

Ayurvda.MD, in collaboration with The Consulate General of India (Dominican Republic), The Institute Of Indian Medicine and The University of Pune, is pleased to announce the inaugural starting class of a complete and formal certificate course of study in Ayurvedic Medicine, to start on October 6, 2016. The cdiploma course endeavors to provide a comprehensive and authentic professional education for both the lay person and the health professional seeking to incorporate Ayurvedic medical principles into their self-care regimen or existing practice in caring for others.

The Course

The Diploma Course In Ayurveda will be comprised of a three-year program. Students who lack the required courses in human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry may be required to take additional modules in these subjects.
Each academic year will be structured into three trimesters. Each trimester will be six weeks (weekends) long.
Each six-week trimester will be followed by a six-week period of self-study and review.
Classes will take place on Fridays from 6:30-9:30 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
Classes will be conducted by Senior Faculty members drawn from several of IndiaÍs most prestigious Ayurvedic Colleges including professors of medicine, pharmacologists, botanists, and scholars.

Admission Requirements and Class Size

Candidates for admission should meet one or more of the following requirements:

  1. Completed at least two years of study at a recognized College or University.
  2. Graduated from a school of Medicine, Nursing, Oriental Medicine, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Massage, Social Work, or other discipline allied to health care.
  3. Mature and highly-motivated candidates who do not meet the above requirements, may be accepted provided they satisfy an interview panel as to their academic ability; the interview may be via telephone or in person at the discretion of the panel.

Although we already have a significant number of inquiries from serious candidates around the globe, we are limiting the class size to twenty for the initial three years.

The Cost

The tuition for the Diploma Course in Ayurvedic Medicine is US $5500 per year for students beginning in 2003. We have made every effort to keep the tuition as low as possible. The necessity of having professors from India come to the Dominican Republic and be accommodated is an expense unique to our institution. The other usual administrative costs and the leasing of space are also significant. In the true spirit of Ayurveda, we are committed to running this school in a fair and only modestly profitable manner.


Currently, as of this writing,n the U.S. only California recognizes Ayurveda as an independent discipline and  grant a license to practice Ayurveda within a defined and limited scope. If you currently hold a license in a related field of health care (massage, physical therapy, physician, nurse, nutrition, chiropractor, acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine), you can incorporate Ayurvedic principles into your existing practice.

Aim of the Course

The aim of the course is to teach the student the health assessment and diagnostic skills of Ayurveda coupled with detailed knowledge of Ayurvedic treatments and preventative medicine techniques. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to continue their education through self study, seminars, and internships in India (see below).

As part of their educational experience, each student will be encouraged to become an Ayurvedic patient and experience the various processes of detoxification, meditation, yoga practice, Ayurvedic nutrition, herbal therapies, panchakarma and other appropriate therapies firsthand.

This course will lay the foundation for an authentic education and practical training towards the safe and efficacious practice of the Ayurvedic system of self-healthcare. We envision this certificate course to be a solid and respected platform from which to pursue advanced and more specialized study. Successful completion of this course may eventually qualify the student for registration as a licensed practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine when and if the New York State laws change. These changes have already taken place for students of chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and nutrition, and several States are currently considering extending their laws to include Ayurveda. We feel it is only a matter of time before New York, historically a leader in alternative education, recognizes the time-tested discipline of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Internships and Apprenticeships

Internships and apprenticeships in Indian institutions and with experienced Ayurvedic physicians can be arranged after successful completion of the full three-year course. We encourage every student to take advantage of this unique opportunity. These post-graduate programs can last from three to twelve months. The recommendation of the Dean of Ayurvda.MD College of Ayurveda is required in order to participate in the India programs. The cost of the internship and apprenticeship are determined by the length and location of the program.

Setting The Bar High

Given the prediction that Ayurveda will soon be recognized in New York and other States, we have chosen this time to initiate our three-year training program in Ayurvedic Medicine. The course provides the same comprehensive and stable foundation for future U.S., South American, Caribbean and European practitioners as is enjoyed by Indian students.

The information in this course will include the most up-to-date Ayurvedic research and refinements but will in no way distort, dilute, or westernize it to suit modern bias. All the information will be taught be experienced vaidyas and will preserve the spirit of Ayurveda and its traditions. Students completing this course will radiate and exude the true essence of Ayurveda which will instantly set them apart from the many charlatans and unqualified self-promoters who are already increasing their ranks.

The Curriculum

Year One (Six required modules)

The aim of the first academic year is to become familiar with Sanskrit, the language of Ayurveda, and to learn the basic principles, Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and begin the study of Ayurvedic herbal medicines.

Each module will earn 10 credits:

  • Introduction To Sanskrit
  • History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Principles of Ayurvedic Pharmacology

Each module will earn 20 credits:

  • Clinical Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ayurvedic Herbology I

Year Two (Six required modules)

The aim of the second academic year is to learn the principles of diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as research, and to deepen the studentÍs knowledge of Ayurvedic pharmacology and specific herbal therapies.

Each module will earn 10 credits:

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Diagnosis of Disease: Pulse Diagnosis, Examination, Interview Technique
  • Treatment of Disease I: Principles and Therapeutic Modalities
  • Diet in the Treatment of Disease

Each Module will earn 20 credits:

  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Ayurvedic Herbology II

Year Three (Five required modules + Dissertation)

The aim of the third academic year is to crystallize the students knowledge through study of the diagnosis and treatment specific disease conditions and to cover the more common presentations of the pediatric patient and the adult female patient.

Each module will earn 20 credits:

  • Panchakarma Chikitsa: Detoxification Theory and Practice
  • Clinical Pediatrics and Gynecology
  • Ayurvedic Concept of Mind and Behavior Modification

Each module will earn 40 credits:

  • Treatment of Disease II: Specific Diseases
  • Internal Medicine: Translation and Review of Charaka Samhita and other selected texts
  • Dissertation

We will post additional information and schedules when they become available.

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