Category: Welcome


Acupuncture School on Point!

Nothing proves the point more sharply than a well-placed needle, a well thought out treatment strategy, and a quickly recovered patient.

“What was the most amazing thing that you have witnessed with acupuncture?” the person lying face down had just learned that I am a student of Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University and that I had practiced acupuncture in Johannesburg, South Africa, for almost twenty years. … Continue reading


[06/13/17] Santa Cruz Open House

Join us on June 13th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM for the exciting opportunity to spend the evening learning about our program at our gorgeous Santa Cruz Campus!

You will see what it means to be a student at Five Branches University, where we will showcase lectures and Q&A’s, demonstrate TCM diagnosis and treatment, and learn about our new highly demanded FPD program, DTCM/MTCM, with one of the highest license passing rates in Northern California. … Continue reading


Traditional Chinese Medicine Festival

Join Us At Our New San Jose Campus!

Join us on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 for an exciting Traditional Chinese Medicine Festival at our brand new San Jose Campus (Map)!

On the same day, Five Branches University is celebrating the inauguration and grand opening of our new San Jose Campus and Health Center.

Attendees of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Please sign up for your interested activities in the form on this page.

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[06/18/2017] Treat your Father at our Free Health Service


Thank you for supporting our Complimentary Sunday Monthly Community Health Service at Five Branches University in San Jose. The next event will be on June, 18th 2017 which is Father’s day at

1885 Lundy Ave, Suite 240,
San Jose, CA 95131

During the Community Health Service, Senior Internship Students will be offering free acupuncture treatment and TCM Diagnosis to patients in order to give back to the community. If you are interested in becoming a patient at these Community Health Services, please fill out the form and choose the date that you are available to attend.

This Sunday Community Health Service will be on 6/18/2017 from 1pm to 4pm. Although walk-in appointments are available, those that sign up through this form will receive treatment and care first. Spots are limited, so please sign up quickly!

Since it’s father’s day, consider signing up so that your father can get pampered!


The Forerunners of East West Integrative Medicine

“No matter what flavor of medical evolution we take on—all of us are graduating bilingual. We are versed in both eastern and western medicine, we are the forerunners to communicate and utilize both languages—to bridge the gap and bring the medical integration of east and west to full fruition in our country.”

“We are graduating from a rigorous training, unique to California and Five Branches University, of a 32-hundred hour program. Did you know that we are not only graduating as Traditional Chinese Medical practitioners with expertise in Acupuncture, Herbology, Massage, Qi Gong, and Diet & Nutrition? We are also graduating as Primary Care Physicians. Again, We are the ones walking the line between both medicines. We are those who are filling the gap, to bridge all worlds, one by one.”

— Melinda Phoenix, 2016 Graduation Commencement Speech

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Partnership with leading TCM Pharmaceutical

Five Branches University is proud to announce a partnership with Sun Ten Pharmaceutical. Five Branches University and Sun Ten Pharmaceutical signed a Cooperative Letter of Intent stating this partnership which will see an increase in teaching faculty from this California and Taiwan-based TCM Pharmacy. Both parties agree to cooperate in the development of clean herbal medicine which includes proper cultivation, development, safety against pollutants and heavy metals, regulation, education, internships for our students and alumni as well as future employment.

By partnering with Sun Ten Pharmaceutical, Five Branches University is looking to be the leader of education in TCM Herbology in addition to many other of the traditional modalities such as Acupuncture, Tui Na Massage, Qigong, and Dietary Therapy. TCM Herbology is as important as any of these other modalities and is part of our five branches. … Continue reading


Observe Courses on Traditional Chinese Medicine (free)

We invite prospective students interested in studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University to join this opportunity to visit our campus and observe classes in session. You will be able to observe classes* in the Foundational Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine and courses in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. You will meet current students and faculty, and experience what it’s like to be a contemporary student of a medicine with over 3,000 years of documented practice. Please call or email us to schedule a convenient time to sit in and observe our classes. ( *Opportunity is limited. Your request will be placed as the priority but not guaranteed.)
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Doctor & Senior Professor Lucy Hu, LAc: A Life Dedicated to Service

Twenty-seven years later, Dr. Lucy Hu is still teaching at Five Branches University and treating patients in the university’s health clinics, her private clinic in Palo Alto, and consulting with Stanford University pediatricians on difficult cases. She is the embodiment of the hero physician, tirelessly pursuing excellence to be of service to so many in need.
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[05/28/2017] San Jose Open House – Become a Student for a Day!

Join us on May 28th, 2017 starting at 10:00 AM for the exciting opportunity to become a TCM student for a day at our gorgeous San Jose Campus!

You will see what it means to be a student at Five Branches University, where we will showcase lectures and Q&A’s, demonstrate TCM diagnosis and treatment, and learn about our new highly demanded First Professional Doctorate program, DTCM/MTCM, with one of the highest license passing rates in Northern California. … Continue reading


An Interview with Sarah Holloway, ND

For the second installment of our FBU student, alumni & faculty profile series, we sat down with senior Five Branches student and Naturopathic doctor, Sarah Holloway, at Twin Lakes beach to learn what it takes to be an Integrative Medicine practitioner in 2016.

 

“I feel like Chinese medicine gives me a great way to treat patients with chronic and complex illnesses because it provides a strong and scaffolded structure in which to categorize symptoms. When patients come in with conditions where no immediate diagnosis can be given, or a definitive answer of what they have and how to treat the condition, you really have to back up, look at the tissue states, the nuances of the presenting disease, examine whether there is excess or deficiency, hot or cold and start from there. It’s best to begin with just balancing what you see out of balance today, because if you try to fix the whole thing at once it can be overwhelming.”

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Cupping Therapy: An Ancient Chinese Therapeutic Technique With Modern Day Efficacy

The popularity of cupping has recently exploded with the recent images of Olympians, most notably USA swimming star Michael Phelps, covered in several dark colored circles on their bodies. Besides looking like they were attacked by giant octopi, these elite Olympic athletes and their trainers provide anecdotal evidence that it aids in post workout recovery, rehabilitates injured muscles, and most importantly, gives them a competitive advantage by allowing them to be in optimal physical fitness. Let’s go a little deeper than the superficiality of these marks and testimonials and look at the history and context behind this ancient East Asian medical modality. … Continue reading


An interview with Caroline Wilkerson

In this series, we meet with current students and alumni to get a deeper look into why they chose to study Chinese Medicine at Five Branches and dedicate their lives to being of service to those in need of high quality, holistic healthcare.

[Editor]] Hi Caroline, it’s great to meet with you today and learn a little bit more about you. Do you mind telling us a little bit about your background?

[Caroline] Hi, of course. My name is Caroline Wilkerson. I grew up Illinois. When I was 22, I joined the US Navy as a Crypto-linguistic analyst. I went to the Monterey Peninsula Defense Language Institute to learn Russian and then later Chinese. I moved to Hawaii to further learn Chinese language and culture with the Navy. While studying Chinese language and culture I fell in love with it. So many of my teachers were amazing. That was such a great experience. That was where I started digging deeper into Chinese Medicine and learning more. … Continue reading


Preparing Your Enrollment Application Packet

We have created and published videos that will help you complete your Application Packet with us at Five Branches University . If you have any specific questions or trouble with the forms, please feel free to email the admissions department at sjadmissions@fivebranches.edu or give us a call at (408) 260-0208 ext. 217. … Continue reading


Earn Your Doctorate and Masters at the same time

Thank you, everyone, for your passion and excitement for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. We had a wonderful open house this past weekend on Saturday, July 23rd and on Sunday, July 24th. We hope that you enjoyed your visit with us. Whether you were able to attend, or if you were unable to, here are some great photos that we are thrilled to share.

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A Great Place To Become A Doctor & Acupuncturist

Thank you everyone for your passion and excitement for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. We had a wonderful open house this past weekend on Saturday, July 23rd and on Sunday, July 24th. We hope that you enjoyed your visit with us. Whether you were able to attend, or if you you were unable to, here are some great photos that we are thrilled to share.
For those of you considering to apply for the Fall or Spring Trimester, there is still time to send in your application before the start of the term. Contact an admissions representative for further details on becoming a Five Branches student!

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First TCM Pharmacy School in America

Our new program will offer courses that fill crucial gaps in practitioner knowledge. The focus will center on topics related to herbal quality control and cultivation, with additional courses on clinical and cultural topics. Courses on quality control will cover identification, quality discernment, and safety concerns related to Chinese herbal medicines, with attention to traditional macroscopic assessment as well as microscopy and analytical testing techniques.

Five Branches University is honored to announce that we have partnered with three prestigious institutions from China, and Hong Kong to inaugurate the first TCM Pharmacy School in the United States specializing in Chinese herbal pharmacy and quality control. … Continue reading


The Making of a TCM Doctor

The first U.S. hospital residency, numerous clinical externships, and two university health centers train Five Branches University students to be the best primary care doctors.

“In addition to the clinical training at the Five Branches University health centers, we provide offsite acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments to patients at the Mental Health Client Action Network, to individuals with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C at the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, to elderly patients at the Akiyama Wellness Center, as well as onsite veterans and community clinics. These exceptional clinical externships have prepared us Highland Acupuncture Residents with the skills and training necessary to deal with conditions ranging from colds & flus, pain, chronic illness and degenerative diseases to stress, insomnia, mental health and reproductive health disorders.”

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Medi-Cal Ups Acupuncture Payments For Addiction

Medi-Cal supports acupuncture for the treatment of pain to address problem of opioids

Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine completes a successful pilot program with the Central California Alliance for Health examining the efficacy of acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine for pain management. Results allow Medi-Cal patients to use acupuncture instead of opioids and reimbursement rates to acupuncturists double.

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Highland Hospital Welcomes FBU Students in Residency Program

Five Branches University students complete clinical residency requirements alongside Western medical students in outpatient and inpatient rounds.

The Picture above shows Ms. Angela Tu, LAc, Five Branches University Board Chair and Dr Amy Matecki, ICMI President and Chief of Integrative Medicine at Highland Hospital, surrounded by students of Five Branches University during hospital residency.
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Chinese Medicine: Treating High Blood Pressure with Acupuncture

Researches from the Center of Integrative Medicine, U.C. Irvine in collaboration with East Hospital in Shanghai, China, and the Southern CA University of Health Sciences recently published an article on the long term effects of weekly electro-acupuncture on mild to moderate hypertension.

Researches from the Center of Integrative Medicine, U.C. Irvine in collaboration with East Hospital in Shanghai, China, and the Southern CA University of Health Sciences recently published an article in the Medical Acupuncture Magazine on the effects of electro- acupuncture on reducing blood pressure among patients with hypertension.

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Five Branches University Students Awarded Henan TCM University Scholarship

Five Branches University is one of only three TCM universities in the U.S. that were awarded the opportunity to receive a scholarship for advanced clinical studies in Henan, China.

This Chinese government sponsored scholarship is offered through Henan TCM University.  The University was founded in 1958 and is located in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province (north of Beijing).  It is one of the earliest established TCM universities in China and is the base for international promotion of Chinese culture and TCM including the qualification test department and education base of World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies. … Continue reading


2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine is granted to a Chinese Medical researcher

Groundbreaking and historical news for the Traditional Chinese Medicine community. For the first time in history, the Nobel Prize committee has granted an award to a Traditional Chinese Medicine researcher, Dr. Youyou Tu, for her work in Physiology and Medicine.

In response to failing Malaria treatments,  Dr. Tu and her team from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing created an effective alternative treatment using the Chinese herb Artemisia annua (Qing Hao Su 青蒿素). You can read more about this exciting development by clicking on the link provided: https://theconversation.com/is-the-2015-nobel-prize-a-turning-point-for-traditional-chinese-medicine-48643
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The World Health Organization Meets at Five Branches University for Field Trials on New ICD-11 Traditional Medicine Codes

On December 10, Five Branches University is honored to host the World Health Organization (WHO) at our San Jose campus for the field trials of the new ICD-11 codes which will include ™ Codes (Traditional Medicine).

ICD codes, the International Classifications of Diseases codes, is the international standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. The ICD is maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations System.
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Five Branches University Offers Residency Internship at Highland Hospital in Oakland

Beginning January 14, 2016 Five Branches students will join LAc’s, MD’s and western medicine students in residency training in both the outpatient clinic and the inpatient wards in Highland Hospital, a leading community hospital in Oakland, California. This residency has been six years in the making and marks an important milestone for TCM students to receive hospital training. Students will receive orientations on hospital procedures and will have the opportunity to observe the treatment of hundreds of patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. We anticipate that this experience will open many doors for work after graduation.
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Five Branches University Launches New Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) Program

Starting in Spring 2016, students entering Five Branches University to become Licensed Acupuncturists and Herbalists will earn the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree. Students will also be granted the Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree in order to sit for the National and State Certification and Licensing exams.

With this development, the profession of Traditional Chinese Medicine joins other healthcare professions with an entry-level first professional doctorate degree — such as MD’s, DC’s, and ND’s.
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Attend Our Next Open House!

Five Branches University cordially invites you to join us for an Open House at our Santa Cruz Beach Harbor Campus. Experience our Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Health Center on Thursday March 3rd, from 6:30PM-8:30PM … Continue reading


Your Invited to Make Your Passion, Natural Health, Your Profession!


Sign Up to be Included in Our Exciting Free Events; Open Houses, Campus Tours, or Our Free Webinars!

Joining our events will help you will learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine can heal through acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and Qigong. You will learn of the growing profession of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We will introduce you to our graduate program, the application process, financial aid and scholarships. … Continue reading


Earn Your Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine!

Introduction of Masters in TCM

For over 30 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Our nationally accredited Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) program, taught in English and Chinese, provides you with a strong foundation in TCM diagnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training and a comprehensive integrative medical education.

Master of Acupuncture

Designed for students who wish to practice outside California, or those interested in developing a practice emphasizing acupuncture. The MAc program includes both academic and clinical training, with a focus on working in an integrative medical environment, or establishing a Community Acupuncture Clinic.

Financial Aid Available!

Five Branches University is an accredited institution of higher education approved to participate in federal financial aid programs. Our financial aid programs assist more than 80% of our students in meeting the financial costs of their education.

Federal Financial Aid and Supplemental Loans available for tuition AND living expenses

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Why study MTCM at Five Branches

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Two California Campuses

You can choose from our two beautiful campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California or attend classes at both to enjoy breathtaking coastal views or unique cultural city experiences. Both campuses offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live.

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Health Centers

Treating over 160 patients each day, our health centers are the ideal place for students to gain experience in a clinical environment. Our staff includes specialists in neurology, internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, immune-deficiency, ophthalmology, pain management, gastroenterology, and cardiology.

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Experienced Faculty and Clinical Experts

Learn from the most highly accomplished faculty in TCM education. Many of our doctors and teachers have decades of experience teaching and practicing TCM in renowned hospitals and medical schools in China and the U.S.

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Specialty Certificate Options and Externship

As an MTCM student, you can receive specialty certification in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element and Tuina Massage.Part of your clinical training may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to treat a variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization.


What Students Say

"here else do we get an education on how to take care of ourselves and be healthy? You have to take care of yourself to take care of other people. Through this program, I have had the capacity to maintain a level of health to a high degree throughout my life and incorporate preventative medicine and wellness. "

"he quality of education here is so strong. To become a practitioner of medicine you need a strong foundation and a good education, and I have the opportunities to push myself ??there are more available electives and more room to grow."


Join the School with the Highest CA LAc. Exam Passing Rate

Introduction of Masters in TCM

For over 30 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Our nationally accredited Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) program, taught in English and Chinese, provides you with a strong foundation in TCM diagnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training and a comprehensive integrative medical education.

Master of Acupuncture

Designed for students who wish to practice outside California, or those interested in developing a practice emphasizing acupuncture. The MAc program includes both academic and clinical training, with a focus on working in an integrative medical environment, or establishing a Community Acupuncture Clinic.

Financial Aid Available!

Five Branches University is an accredited institution of higher education approved to participate in federal financial aid programs. Our financial aid programs assist more than 80% of our students in meeting the financial costs of their education.

Federal Financial Aid and Supplemental Loans available for tuition AND living expenses

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Why study MTCM at Five Branches

Points of Excellence

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Two California Campuses

You can choose from our two beautiful campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California or attend classes at both to enjoy breathtaking coastal views or unique cultural city experiences. Both campuses offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live.

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Health Centers

Treating over 160 patients each day, our health centers are the ideal place for students to gain experience in a clinical environment. Our staff includes specialists in neurology, internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, immune-deficiency, ophthalmology, pain management, gastroenterology, and cardiology.

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Experienced Faculty and Clinical Experts

Learn from the most highly accomplished faculty in TCM education. Many of our doctors and teachers have decades of experience teaching and practicing TCM in renowned hospitals and medical schools in China and the U.S.

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Specialty Certificate Options and Externship

As an MTCM student, you can receive specialty certification in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element and Tuina Massage.Part of your clinical training may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to treat a variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization.


What Students Say

"here else do we get an education on how to take care of ourselves and be healthy? You have to take care of yourself to take care of other people. Through this program, I have had the capacity to maintain a level of health to a high degree throughout my life and incorporate preventative medicine and wellness. "

"he quality of education here is so strong. To become a practitioner of medicine you need a strong foundation and a good education, and I have the opportunities to push myself ??there are more available electives and more room to grow."


Earn Your Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Introduction of Masters in TCM

For over 30 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Our nationally accredited Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) program, taught in English and Chinese, provides you with a strong foundation in TCM diagnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training and a comprehensive integrative medical education.

Master of Acupuncture

Designed for students who wish to practice outside California, or those interested in developing a practice emphasizing acupuncture. The MAc program includes both academic and clinical training, with a focus on working in an integrative medical environment, or establishing a Community Acupuncture Clinic.

Financial Aid Available!

Five Branches University is an accredited institution of higher education approved to participate in federal financial aid programs. Our financial aid programs assist more than 80% of our students in meeting the financial costs of their education.

Federal Financial Aid and Supplemental Loans available for tuition AND living expenses

Mobile Devices

Why study MTCM at Five Branches

Points of Excellence

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Two California Campuses

You can choose from our two beautiful campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California or attend classes at both to enjoy breathtaking coastal views or unique cultural city experiences. Both campuses offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live.

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Health Centers

Treating over 160 patients each day, our health centers are the ideal place for students to gain experience in a clinical environment. Our staff includes specialists in neurology, internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, immune-deficiency, ophthalmology, pain management, gastroenterology, and cardiology.

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Experienced Faculty and Clinical Experts

Learn from the most highly accomplished faculty in TCM education. Many of our doctors and teachers have decades of experience teaching and practicing TCM in renowned hospitals and medical schools in China and the U.S.

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Specialty Certificate Options and Externship

As an MTCM student, you can receive specialty certification in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element and Tuina Massage.Part of your clinical training may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to treat a variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization.


What Students Say

"here else do we get an education on how to take care of ourselves and be healthy? You have to take care of yourself to take care of other people. Through this program, I have had the capacity to maintain a level of health to a high degree throughout my life and incorporate preventative medicine and wellness. "

"he quality of education here is so strong. To become a practitioner of medicine you need a strong foundation and a good education, and I have the opportunities to push myself ??there are more available electives and more room to grow."


Make Your Passion, Natural Health, Your Profession

Introduction of Masters in TCM

For over 30 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Our nationally accredited Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) program, taught in English and Chinese, provides you with a strong foundation in TCM diagnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training and a comprehensive integrative medical education.

Master of Acupuncture

Designed for students who wish to practice outside California, or those interested in developing a practice emphasizing acupuncture. The MAc program includes both academic and clinical training, with a focus on working in an integrative medical environment, or establishing a Community Acupuncture Clinic.

Financial Aid Available!

Five Branches University is an accredited institution of higher education approved to participate in federal financial aid programs. Our financial aid programs assist more than 80% of our students in meeting the financial costs of their education.

Federal Financial Aid and Supplemental Loans available for tuition AND living expenses

Mobile Devices

Why study MTCM at Five Branches

Points of Excellence

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Two California Campuses

You can choose from our two beautiful campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California or attend classes at both to enjoy breathtaking coastal views or unique cultural city experiences. Both campuses offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live.

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Health Centers

Treating over 160 patients each day, our health centers are the ideal place for students to gain experience in a clinical environment. Our staff includes specialists in neurology, internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, immune-deficiency, ophthalmology, pain management, gastroenterology, and cardiology.

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Experienced Faculty and Clinical Experts

Learn from the most highly accomplished faculty in TCM education. Many of our doctors and teachers have decades of experience teaching and practicing TCM in renowned hospitals and medical schools in China and the U.S.

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Specialty Certificate Options and Externship

As an MTCM student, you can receive specialty certification in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element and Tuina Massage.Part of your clinical training may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to treat a variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization.


What Students Say

"here else do we get an education on how to take care of ourselves and be healthy? You have to take care of yourself to take care of other people. Through this program, I have had the capacity to maintain a level of health to a high degree throughout my life and incorporate preventative medicine and wellness. "

"he quality of education here is so strong. To become a practitioner of medicine you need a strong foundation and a good education, and I have the opportunities to push myself ??there are more available electives and more room to grow."


Welcome to our online Help Center


Recording of August 6th Webinar/Admission Info Session!

Webinar Topic:

Traditional Chinese Medicine Foundation

It featured Nancy Burns, Rose Gardner-Stadler, and Dr. Florence Chen.

Overview:

   In this session you will learn how to apply and get financially ready for school. Featuring Nancy Burns, LAc who reviewed the application process and Rose Gardner-Stadler who gave a comprehensive guide of getting financially ready for school.

Also presenting for the webinar is Dr. Florence Chen, LAc, DAOM who presented an lecture on tongue diagnosis and an introduction of TCM facts beneficial to incoming students! … Continue reading


Help Center for Future Students

General Info

Info for Patients, Clinic, Alumni and other visitors
Clinic service: Click Here
Current students: Click Here

 

 
 


Five Branches University Ranked the Best Acupuncture School in Northern California

Based on a peer review among ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) accredited schools in the US, Five Branches University was ranked as the best acupuncture school in Northern California and the second best in the state of California.


The ranking is based on the following criteria:

  1. Quality of academic curriculum, faculty and comprehensiveness of the program. Consider the program’s components in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, herbal medicine and western medicine.
  2. Quality of clinical education, including quality of the faculty, clinic, the herbal pharmacy, clinical externships and clinical community service opportunities.

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Faculty Spotlight: An Interview with Janice Walton-Hadlock DAOM, L.Ac

Janice has been teaching at Five Branches University since 1999. She received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University, and her B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Janice is the founder of the Parkinson’s Recovery Project, a non-profit organization that provides free information about the latest findings regarding the cause and treatment of Parkinson’s disease from the perspective of Asian medicine. … Continue reading


Compassion Connects Medical Practitioners with Those in Need, by Margaret Shao

Volunteer service is a rewarding and profound experience which has shaped much of my life. I began volunteering at the age of 13 for the San Francisco Zoo and continued on for many years as a docent, giving school and public educational tours. Later in life, my love for travel and volunteering, led me to a rural village in northern Ghana, West Africa as part of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. I received a Master’s degree in Forestry, and later pursued a career in Utah working in Natural Resources management.

While living in Utah, I became a certified Qigong practitioner. My teachers were all acupuncturists and medical arts practitioners; they taught me that the basis of Qigong and Chinese medicine, is understanding Qi.

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Five Branches University – Celebrating 30 Years as a Leader in TCM

Thirty years ago, we embarked on an ambitious venture. We founded Five Branches University with a mission to set the standards for Traditional Chinese Medicine education and healthcare in the West. 1984 marked the beginning of an auspicious 60 year cycle on the Chinese calendar, and halfway through that cycle we could not be more proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. … Continue reading


FBU Treats 100 At Another Successfull Community Wellness Fair

Five Branches University was one of more than 25 organizations offering complimentary services  and samples at the 9th annual College of Botanical Healing Arts (COBHA) Wellness Fair in Downtown Santa Cruz, CA. More than 1,000 attendees flocked to the event to experience the health and wellness business offerings in the area.

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“How I Found TCM” with Mary Lyell, L.Ac.

Mary is a faculty member at the Santa Cruz Campus since 2007, practicing Five Element Acupuncture along with TCM. During her time here, Mary also founded the Veterans’ Clinical Externship, which provides complementary treatments to veterans.

“I got my law degree and was practicing law for several years.  It seemed that I went straight from undergrad to Law school and then right into litigation….  In my first job, I was not even working for a month when I tried my first case… Two months later,  the judge made a decision on my  first case, but by that time, I had  been in court so many times that I forgot what my first case was about”… She recalls.  

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