Welcome to Five Branches University. For over 30 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education.Our five degree programs in Traditional Chinese Medicine are among the most highly regarded in the U.S. and abroad:
- Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine – DTCM
- Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine – MTCM
- Master of Acupuncture – MAc
- Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – DAOM
- Joint DAOM/PhD Degree with leading Chinese Universities
The University also offers certificate programs in Asian Bodywork and Qigong programs. We attribute our success to our family of doctors, faculty and staff who are dedicated to the long-term growth and success of our students and the profession.
The new Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree program, taught in parallel with theMaster of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is presented in English at our Santa Cruz campus, and in English and Chinese at our San Jose campus. The DTCM/MTCM program is the foundation for understanding and practicing the “five branches” of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Herbology, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Energetics (Qigong and Tajiquan) and Dietetics (Nutritional medicine). Western medical studies provide you with knowledge of Western diagnosis and pharmaceuticals, essential for the appropriate diagnosis of your patients while in-depth clinical practice, comprising one-third of the curriculum, allows you to work closely with highly skilled faculty in a clinical environment. Our dual degree DTCM and nationally accredited MTCM program prepare you for the national and state examinations required to become a licensed acupuncturist. The DTCM/MTCM program is eligible for Federal financial aid.
Students who have two rather than three years of undergraduate studies may enroll in the Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) degree program, a four-year graduate professional degree program comprising 3435 hours in length and a total of 195.5 units. The program, taught on a trimester basis, is presented in English at our Santa Cruz campus, and in English and Chinese at our San Jose campus. The MTCM programs are daytime programs. Enrollment on a part-time basis is available based on consideration and approval by the Academic Dean and Admissions Director. The MTCM program is eligible for Federal financial aid.
The Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program is offered in English only at our Santa Cruz and San Jose campuses. It is specifically designed for students who wish to practice outside California, or those interested in developing a practice emphasizing acupuncture. The program includes both academic and clinical training, with a focus on working in an integrative medical environment, or establishing a Community Acupuncture Clinic. The MAc program is eligible for Federal financial aid.
The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at our San Jose campus is for TCM practitioners interested in developing advanced TCM knowledge, medical specialization, or a career in TCM research and education. Our 1280 hour program has a flexible modular structure created specifically for two year completion by acupuncturists in private practice. Our renowned senior TCM faculty and biomedicine experts from China and the U.S. as well as partnerships with Stanford University and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University provides a collaborative and diverse educational and clinical setting in which to effectively learn advanced concepts of TCM and Western Medicine. The DAOM program is offered in both English and Chinese. Financial aid is available.
The joint Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine / PhD program at our San Jose campus is for TCM practitioners interested in adding a year of study and research to their DAOM and earning a PhD degree with one of our four sister TCM universities in China. After earning the DAOM, students study and research a specialization with a chosen preceptor at one of the Five Branches’ four sister universities in China. The DAOM/PhD program is offered in both English and Chinese. Financial aid is available for the two-year DAOM, and not for the third PhD year.
Students enrolled in the MTCM program can receive specialty certifications in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element and Tuina Massage to enhance and distinguish their TCM practice.
Our Study Abroad program is one of the best ways to experience the authentic practice of TCM integrated with modern western medicine. Travel to Asia to learn TCM from highly knowledgeable doctors and teachers and to receive extensive clinical training in a hospital setting, including earning a Ph.D. at our sister schools in Hangzhou, Tianjin and Shenyang, China.
Five Branches University offers massage and bodywork professional certificate programs based on Asian bodywork therapies including Acupressure, Shiatsu, Tuina, and Qigong, preparing you to obtain a California massage license and to receive national massage certification.
Five Branches University is the first accredited acupuncture school in the U.S to pioneer a comprehensive Medical Qigong Certificate Program. We offer three Medical Qigong Certificates: Self-Cultivation, Medical Qigong Practitioner and Medical Qigong Therapist.
Extend your education and fulfill your licensure requirements through our Continuing Education courses. Five Branches University offers board-approved CEU’s for L.Ac, RN, MFT, LCSW, LEP, and LPCC.