APPLICATION PROCESS & FAQ
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Professional Program Application Deadline
YVI now allows students to enter diploma programs throughout the year dependent on availability. New cohorts begin at the start of each calendar month.
Why is a diploma in Ayurveda important?
YVI offers a program that is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association in order to support students in obtaining the firmest foundation possible in a dynamically changing field. No one knows what will happen in Ayurveda within the next ten years, but we can be sure that many changes, both politically and professionally, can be expected. When changes come, a recognized program offers our students a step ahead of those without. If you ever expect to relocate from one state to another, a recognized program will give you additional help in meeting upcoming licensing requirements. A certificate from YVI can be a symbol of credibility as you develop relationships with clients and other health care professionals throughout your career. A recognized program ensures your education is robust and holistic. A certification with YVI, a NAMA-recognized institution, assures that there are no gaps in your Ayurvedic education. You will graduate with confidence in your ability to pass the NAMACB exam and strive to become a Ayurvedic Professional of Excellence.
Will attendance in person ever be required?
In person training is mandatory for all students seeking board certification.
Twice (2x) during the AHC program and six times (6x) during the AP program students will need to attend an intensive clinical training program. This is not two or six times per year, but two or six times during the course of the program. In person training programs are held each spring & fall during the last week in April and the first week in November at the Kashi Ashram in Sebastian Florida. All 2022 trainings have been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 2023 training dates forthcoming.
In person requirement may be waived when working with a local, pre-approved faculty preceptor. Contact us for more information regarding our preceptor program.
What if I am unable to travel due to personal circumstances?
Students may complete the full program 100% online through our distance learning program if working with a local (pre-approved) faculty preceptor or by working in a clinical setting outside our network as a transfer student. Please contact our admissions department to learn about working with a pre-approved regional faculty preceptor in your geographical region.
Does this program meet the requirements for Ayurveda licensure in my state?
Yes. At this time there are no licensing requirements for Ayurveda in any of the 50 states. As states adopt licensing in the coming years attending a school that has been reviewed and recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association will be essential to that process. Students of YVI are on track to be leaders in the field and can expect an easy process and path to licensing when that becomes necessary. At this time, graduates of YVI are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board (NAMACB) exam and are paving the way for licensure of the Ayurvedic Profession in the future.
What percentage of graduates have passed the NAMACB exam?
Over the last 3 years, 100% of YVI graduates who sat for the NAMACB exam have passed. Eighty-one percent of our graduates are working as Ayurvedic Professionals and 31% are working in a health-related field.
Am I likely to be successful at YVI?
Students are most likely to be successful in the YVI professional program if they:
- are self–directed learners,
- engage actively in our caring and enthusiastic learning community,
- are able to work independently in an online learning environment,
- have access to local clinical opportunities, and/or
- can relocate or travel for non-local clinical placement.
I have earned a certificate in Ayurveda, but it wasn't a NAMA approved program. Can I skip the Health Counselor portion of the training?
It depends. We review all transfer credit requests on a case by case basis. If you are not yet a NAMA certified health counselor, you would apply and begin with the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program. This program prepares students to become Ayurvedic Practitioners. The Ayurvedic Practitioner Program is only for individuals who are already certified Ayurvedic Health Counselors through NAMA. Transfer credits may apply. Life experience credits may apply.
How competitive is entry into AHC and AP programs at YVI?
- YVI has an approximate acceptance rate of 35-55%.
- We receive approximately 80-120 applications per cycle.
- We generally have 300+ certificate seeking students at any given time.
What will I need for my YVI application?
- . Proof of high school graduation: diploma or transcript, proof of completion of GED, or homeschool transcript (waived if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary academic institution, evidenced by official transcripts sent directly from the school);
- Government issued photo ID;
- ALL transcripts for previously attended post-secondary education (college, trade schools, tech schools, universities, etc.). All transcripts MUST be submitted, even if you feel transfer credit will not apply. Official transcripts must be sent for transfer credit evaluations; however, unofficial transcripts will suffice if transfer credit evaluation is not needed/desired by the applicant.
- Native English speaker, or a TOEFL score of at least 88 or a Duolingo English Test score of at least 110;
- Engagement in the Admissions process and prompt response to communication requests from the Director of Admissions.
Is there anything that I could do to strengthen my YVI application?
Yes, you could add any of the following to your experience resume:
- Complete & participate as an engaged student the YVI Ayurveda Foundations Program.
- Yoga Training or Yoga Certification
- Meditation or Breath-work Training
- Massage Training or Certification
- Childbirth Education Teacher Training or Certification
- Counseling experience in the capacity of a support person, doula, student, nurse, apprentice or assistant
- Letter of Recommendation that reflects the strengths of an applicant
- Strong writing skills including proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation
- Demonstrate aptitude for success in a higher academic setting, including carefully following the instructions contained in the application
- Evidence of basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate saving and uploading a pdf file, basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, ability to conduct internet searches, etc
- Demonstrate aptitude for self-direction and self-motivation in an online academic setting including completing all required tasks for the application process in a timely manner, communicating questions effectively, and returning all requested documents promptly
- Active participation in the Ayurveda community and organizations that serve students, clients, and professionals
- Awareness of local, state, province and national policies and laws impacting Ayurveda
Will YVI conduct an interview with all applicants
No. Not all applicants will be required to participate in an interview. However, the Director of Admissions may request a 1:1 interview and if so, participation is mandatory.
- If an applicant is a “no-show” for their scheduled interview. No follow up interviews will be permitted.
- On rare occasions, a follow-up interview may be requested.
Will YVI conduct an interview with all transfer applicants?
Where should I have my previous school send my official college transcripts?
Your official transcripts from an accredited college must be sent directly from the institute and may be sent (in order of preference) to:
- Electronically emailed to email@example.com
- or they may be mailed to: Yoga Veda Institute, 2805 School Drive, Palm Bay, Florida, 32905
INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS PLEASE NOTE:
Transcripts of college coursework completed outside of the US must be submitted for evaluation by one of the following organizations: World Education Services or International Education Evaluations. WES can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the web at www.wes.org. IEE can be found at myiee.org.
Where should I send my letters of recommendation, high school diploma/GED/homeschool transcript, and any other documents required to complete the application process?
Can you explain the steps in the application process? Yes.
- Submit application.
- Receive notification by email that your application was received (if you do not receive this within five business days, please return to the application to ensure that it was properly submitted or contact email@example.com for assistance).
- Notification of any additional information that may be required to process your application.
- Review of application by the application committee.
- Notification via email of acceptance, waitlist, or decline.
- Submit Enrollment Agreement by the deadline date.
- Receive an email confirming the successful completion of the enrollment process.
- Work with Registrar to complete initial advising and enroll in classes.
- Consider following the suggestions above to strengthen your application for future cycles.
- PLEASE NOTE: YVI programs are competitive and the successful completion of these suggestions does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
- Consider reapplying for a future trimester.
Within the admissions application, why does YVI request certain personal information from applicants?
YVI Admissions uses a holistic admissions process to get to know applicants and foster an environment for the applicant to get to know YVI. YVI is committed to non-discrimination and engaged in fostering access, equity, social justice, diversity, and representation within the YVI community and within the broader Ayurvedic profession.
Information provided in admissions applications by you about your race, ethnicity, legal sex designation, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, language, residency status, veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, marital status, first generation college student status, or any other protected class will NOT be used to discriminate against you in the Admissions process.
Who will access the information on the admissions application?
Your individual responses will not be viewable by general college departments. Aggregate information (percentages and category totals) will be available to administrative departments at the institution and in required federal and accreditation reporting.
Individual responses will only be available to limited staff in offices that are responsible for conducing the admissions process and for data collection at YVI — primarily Admissions, the Admissions Committee, institutional researchers, the Registrar.