Category: DTCM/MTCM Program


DTCM/MTCM Program

The new dual-degree Doctor and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM/MTCM) program is a single four-year graduate professional degree program comprising 3435 hours and a total of 195.5 units. Students earn the Doctorate degree, and are given the Master’s degree that is required to sit for State and National licensing and certification exams. The program is taught on a trimester basis. In San Jose, the Chinese Master’s degree program meets all Doctoral level requirements but accreditation can only approve the Doctoral title when Five Branches University is accredited for candidacy for its English program. The English and Chinese Master’s are available in daytime programs. Enrollment on a part-time basis is available based on consideration and approval by the Academic Dean and Admissions Director.

DTCM/MTCM Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the DTCM/MTCM program provide guidelines for the development of the curriculum, assessment of the program’s quality and success, and the measurement of the achievements of our graduates.

Upon completion of the program our graduates will be:

  • Highly skilled TCM clinical practitioners who assist in the prevention and treatment of disease and effectively diagnose, prescribe and provide medical treatment within the parameters of Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine.
  • Primary healthcare providers with thorough knowledge and skills of the “five branches” of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Herbology, Tuina Massage, Energetics, Chinese Dietary Medicine) and the integrative components of Western medicine.
  • Competent in the assessment of patients and qualified to recognize medical conditions which require referrals of patients to other healthcare providers.
  • Qualified healthcare providers who understands the importance of adhering to universal and professional medical ethics, and the social responsibilities of providing primary healthcare to the public.
  • Capable of achieving high-passing scores on the national board certification and the California Acupuncture state licensing exams required to become a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.).
  • Capable of establishing and managing a private practice and working as an integral part of a professional team of healthcare providers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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We have two campuses.The first campus is located in beautiful Santa Cruz, California about a block away from the beach looking right out onto Monterey Bay.
Five Branches University – Santa Cruz
200 7th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062The second campus is located in San Jose right in Silicon Valley with great shopping areas and near major players in the world of technology.
Five Branches University – San Jose
1885 Lundy Ave, Suite 108
San Jose, CA 95131
Five Branches University is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.
All applicants must have fulfilled the minimum education requirements of 90 semester credits (equivalent to 135 quarter credits) of general education from a regionally accredited degree-granting college or university, with a minimum of 2.75 GPA.
General Education Requirements Semester Credits
Communications:
One course in English Composition with critical thinking…………………………3
Arts and Humanities:
Two courses from different departments including Art, Music
Theatre Arts, Literature, Language, Philosophy, History, etc…………………….6
Math: One course in in College Algebra or higher…………………………..……..….3
General Psychology:……………………………………………………….………………….………3
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
One course from any of these departments: Political Science,
Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Journalism,
Women’s Studies, Mulit-Cultural Studies, etc……………………………..……………..3
Electives:……………………………………………………………………………………….……..……72
Total……………………………………………………………………………………………………..……90
For personal service please call or email our Admissions department :
San Jose – (408) 260-0208 or sjadmissions@fivebranches.edu
Santa Cruz – (831) 476-9424 or admissions@fivebranches.edu
Yes many of our alumni have their own practices and some work for major hospitals such as Kaiser. You can see a list of our Alumni here.
DTCM/MTCM Total Program Tuition
DTCM/MTCM Program Tuition (3435 hours)
Tuition (15 contact hours) $280 per academic unit
Tuition (30 contact hours) $560 per clinical unit
Five Branches University is an accredited institution of higher education approved to participate in federal financial aid programs. Eligibility for financial aid is determined using a federal formula as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education. For detailed instructions on how to apply for financial aid please refer to: Applying for Financial Aid
For more Financial Aid questions please refer to our Financial Aid FAQs
Prospective students may apply for any term: Fall, Spring, or Summer. To ensure space in an entering class, we strongly recommend you apply by the priority application dates listed below. If all entering class spaces have been filled, you will receive priority status for the following trimester.
Priority Application Dates
Fall Trimester: May 1st
Spring Trimester: September 1st
Summer Trimester: March 1st
Once you have made the decision to enroll in the Five Branches Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program you are ready to begin the application process.
To be considered for admission to Five Branches University, the following items are required:
1. Application for Admission
2. Recent photograph
3. Statement of Purpose
4. Resume
5. Application fee
6. Health Evaluation
7. Hepatitis B Vaccination Form
8. Tuberculosis Test
Supporting documents-sent separately:
1. Letter of Recommendation
2. Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
For more detailed information visit Applying to Five Branches
If you are an international applicant applying for an F-1 student visa through Five Branches University, you must submit the following documents along with the completed application. It is important to write your name (as it appears on your passport) on your application and all supplemental documents:
1. A photocopy of the first page of your passport
2. Transcript evaluation
3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
4. Financial Statement
5. Health Insurance
For more information about international applicant documents click here
A campus visit is the most effective way to get an up-close and personal look at the Five Branches community. Enjoy a personal tour, a free treatment in our clinic, observe our classes and clinical training, and meet the faculty, staff and students of Five Branches. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the programs we offer, the admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, and to gain the information necessary to assist you with your decision to attend Five Branches University. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a campus visit.
For personal service please call or email our Admissions department :
San Jose – (408) 260-0208 or sjadmissions@fivebranches.edu
Santa Cruz – (831) 476-9424 Ext 31 or admissions@fivebranches.edu
Speaking English fluently is not a requirement, Five Branches University welcomes international applicants from all over the world. We support a bicultural and bilingual environment.
We offer our Doctor and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine in English and Chinese, and our postgraduate Doctorate program in English and Chinese.
You do not need to know or speak fluent Chinese to study with us.
The new Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree program (DTCM/MTCM), is presented in English at our Santa Cruz campus, and in English and Chinese at our San Jose campus.
If you have more questions please visit our Help Center for Future Students

Program Overview

Taught by highly accomplished faculty in TCM education, the DTCM/MTCM curriculum isoffered through eight academic and clinical departments, providing comprehensive instruction and practical clinical experience in the “five branches” of traditional Chinese medicine (Acupuncture, Herbology, Tuina Massage, Energetics and Chinese Dietary Medicine). The program emphasizes extensive clinical training, integrative Western medicine, and the latest TCM research.

Please click on each topic title for detail:
The TCM Theory curriculum provides you with a thorough knowledge of the language and theories of TCM’s unique, yet universal, approach to understanding health and the treatment of disease. Drawing from both classical and modern texts, the curriculum creates a solid framework for the application of clinical methods, including acupuncture and herbology.
The TCM Acupuncture curriculum is divided into didactic and lab sections, emphasizing both the theoretical and practical aspects of acupuncture. TCM Acupuncture courses provide you with a thorough knowledge of traditional and modern meridian theory, including point location, functions, indications and treatment planning. The curriculum includes comprehensive training in moxibustion, cupping, Guasha, and electrical stimulation. Clinical labs concentrate on accuracy, needling methods, technique and precautions.
Chinese herbology is the world’s most sophisticated medical herbal system. The TCM Herbology curriculum includes extensive training in the identification, categorization and clinical use of the traditional Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. Six trimesters of in-depth herbology study provide you with a solid working knowledge of more than 500 individual herbs and more than 350 classical and modern formulas. Advanced courses instruct you how to modify and enhance classical formulas in response to specific variants in a patient’s diagnosed condition. All herb courses are taught using the Pinyin names of herbs.
The courses in TCM Theory, Acupuncture and Herbology teach you the basic principles of Chinese medicine pattern differentiation and treatment, including the study of common functions and indications of herbs, formulas and acupuncture points. However, this knowledge alone is not enough to fully diagnose and treat disease. The TCM Clinical Medicine curriculum expands on this knowledge, providing you with advanced skills in diagnosing and treating disease in the specialized fields of TCM internal medicine, external medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, traumatology, and orthopedics. Training includes detailed instruction of herbal and acupuncture treatment plans for both common and complex diseases. These courses lay the foundation for your clinical practice.
Modern practitioners of TCM must have a fundamental understanding of Western medicine to effectively communicate with medical doctors and other healthcare professionals. Western Medicine studies are an integral part of the curriculum providing knowledge of Western diagnosis and pharmaceuticals, necessary to make appropriate referrals, and to provide the best care possible for your patients. Introduced to the basic methods of Western diagnosis, you will learn the fundamental vocabulary used in diagnostic analysis and the clinical methods used in Western medical approaches to disease. With this knowledge, you can become an active part of today’s dynamic healthcare network.
Our Western medicine department is enhanced by our educational and clinical relationship with Stanford University and the doctoral residency program we have with Stanford and O’Connor hospital. These professional relationships not only benefit you as a student but also contribute to a better understanding and acceptance of TCM in the West.
In-depth clinical training comprises approximately one-third of the Masters/Doctoral curriculum, preparing you to practice the theoretical knowledge you gained in the classroom. Throughout the program, starting in your first semester, you will observe a faculty-practitioner diagnosing and treating patients. In your last year, you will diagnose and treat patients with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other methods of the five branches, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The Five Branches medical centers in Santa Cruz and San Jose assist over 160 patients a day, allowing you to work with highly skilled faculty in a busy clinical environment and to gain hands-on experience with patients. By the end of clinical training, you will have performed at least 350 patient treatments, a basic requirement for graduation.
Complementary studies enrich and round out your professional TCM training. The Complementary Studies curriculum includes Energetics courses, introducing you to the ancient Chinese practices of Qigong and Taijiquan, and Career Development courses to prepare you to practice TCM professionally, ethically, and successfully.
At the end of each semester you will have the opportunity to review the materials you have learned and to receive assessment of your progress. This evaluation assists you in developing good study and test-taking skills, ensuring full comprehension of courses, and the ability to pass the national certification and the California licensing exams.
As an MTCM student, you can receive specialty certifications in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element Acupuncture, and Tuina Massage to enhance and distinguish your TCM practice.
Up to 25% of your clinical training hours may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to become exposed to different patient populations, treat a wide variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization. Multiple off-campus externships are offered by TCM practitioners in private practice throughout the Bay area, and are also available in a community clinic setting- treating senior citizens, veterans of war, mental health patients, and those struggling with substance abuse. You may also choose to study abroad to experience the authentic practice of TCM integrated with modern Western medicine. Our relationship with five universities in China, Korea and Taiwan provide you with the opportunity to learn TCM from highly knowledgeable doctors and clinical experts, to receive training in a hospital setting, and to explore the beauty and diversity of Asia.


TCM Theory

The TCM Theory curriculum provides you with a thorough knowledge of the language and theories of TCM’s unique, yet universal, approach to understanding health and the treatment of disease. Drawing from both classical and modern texts, the curriculum creates a solid framework for the application of clinical methods, including acupuncture and herbology.

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Electives

Five Element electives may be taken in the Department of TCM Theory while also completing the requirements for the Five Element certificate program. For detailed information about the Five Element certificate please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.
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TCM Acupuncture

The TCM Acupuncture curriculum is divided into didactic and lab sections, emphasizing both the theoretical and practical aspects of acupuncture. TCM Acupuncture courses provide you with a thorough knowledge of traditional and modern meridian theory, including point location, functions, indications and treatment planning. The curriculum includes comprehensive training in moxibustion, cupping, Guasha, and electrical stimulation. Clinical labs concentrate on accuracy, needling methods, technique and precautions.

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Electives

Tuina Massage II may be taken in the Department of TCM Acupuncture, while also completing the requirements for the Tuina Massage certificate program. For detailed information about the Tuina massage certificate please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

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TCM Herbology

Chinese herbology is the world’s most sophisticated medical herbal system. The TCM Herbology curriculum includes extensive training in the identification, categorization and clinical use of the traditional Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. Six trimesters of in-depth herbology study provide you with a solid working knowledge of more than 500 individual herbs and more than 350 classical and modern formulas. Advanced courses instruct you how to modify and enhance classical formulas in response to specific variants in a patient’s diagnosed condition. All herb courses are taught using the Pinyin names of herbs.

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Electives

Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

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TCM Clinical Medicine

The courses in TCM Theory, Acupuncture and Herbology teach you the basic principles of Chinese medicine pattern differentiation and treatment, including the study of common functions and indications of herbs, formulas and acupuncture points. However, this knowledge alone is not enough to fully diagnose and treat disease. The TCM Clinical Medicine curriculum expands on this knowledge, providing you with advanced skills in diagnosing and treating disease in the specialized fields of TCM internal medicine, external medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, traumatology, and orthopedics. Training includes detailed instruction of herbal and acupuncture treatment plans for both common and complex diseases. These courses lay the foundation for your clinical practice.

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Electives

The following electives expand on the core TCM Clinical Medicine curriculum, offering you advanced expertise in specialties of TCM clinical medicine. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

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Western Medicine

Modern practitioners of TCM must have a fundamental understanding of Western medicine to effectively communicate with medical doctors and other healthcare professionals. Western Medicine studies are an integral part of the curriculum providing knowledge of Western diagnosis and pharmaceuticals, necessary to make appropriate referrals, and to provide the best care possible for your patients. Introduced to the basic methods of Western diagnosis, you will learn the fundamental vocabulary used in diagnostic analysis and the clinical methods used in Western medical approaches to disease. With this knowledge, you can become an active part of today’s dynamic healthcare network.

Our Western medicine department is enhanced by our educational and clinical relationship with Stanford University and the doctoral residency program we have with Stanford and O’Connor hospital. These professional relationships not only benefit you as a student but also contribute to a better understanding and acceptance of TCM in the West.

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TCM Clinical Training

In-depth clinical training comprises approximately one-third of the Masters/Doctoral curriculum, preparing you to practice the theoretical knowledge you gained in the classroom. Throughout the program, starting in your first semester, you will observe a faculty-practitioner diagnosing and treating patients. In your last year, you will diagnose and treat patients with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other methods of the five branches, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The Five Branches medical centers in Santa Cruz and San Jose assist over 160 patients a day, allowing you to work with highly skilled faculty in a busy clinical environment and to gain hands-on experience with patients. By the end of clinical training, you will have performed at least 350 patient treatments, a basic requirement for graduation.

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Electives

The following electives may be taken as part of MTCM clinical training, while also completing the requirements for each certificate program. For detailed information about these certificates please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

 

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Clinical Training in Asia

Students may choose to complete up to 25% of their clinical training in the affiliated hospitals of our five sister colleges in China, Taiwan and Korea. For further details, please refer to Study in Asia.


Complementary Studies

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Electives

Medical Qigong electives may be taken in the Department of Complementary Studies while also completing the requirements for the 200 hour Medical Qigong Practitioner (MQP) certificate program. For detailed information about the MQP certificate please refer to Specialty Certificate Options. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.

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Review and Assessment

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Specialty Certificate Options

While completing the MTCM program you can choose to train in a specialized field of study and receive a certificate upon completion of any of the following programs. Specialty certificate programs are offered based on faculty availability and student interest. Certificates are available in:

Five Element

  • Dr. Gary Dolowich, M.D., L.Ac., Department Co-Chair
  • Mary Huse, R.N., L.Ac., Department Co-Chair

The Law of Five Elements was formulated by the ancient Chinese as a way to understand the movement of life’s energies in nature. The specialized field of Five Element integrates classical Chinese medicine philosophical theory with modern psychology.

Taught by highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty, the Five Element certificate program includes both theoretical courses and clinical training. You will learn to diagnose and treat Qi according to the Five Element model, addressing a deeper level of human experience. Upon completion of Five Element Theory I & II, Five Element Point Location, 2 units of Five Element electives, and all Five Element clinical courses you will be awarded the Five Element certificate.

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Medical Qigong

  • Francesca Ferrari, L.Ac., Department Co-Chair
  • Jean Vlamynck, L.Ac., Department Co-Chair

Based on the textbook, Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy: A Comprehensive Clinical Text, this program teaches the basic theories and practical applications of Medical Qigong.

Medical Qigong was developed to treat patients with a multitude of conditions, including internal organ diseases, immune system dysfunction, and cancer. Patients are treated with Qigong and given specific Medical Qigong prescription exercises and meditations in order to complement their treatments and enhance healing. A 200 hour Medical Qigong Practitioner certificate will be awarded upon completion of Medical Qigong1–IV (128 academic hours) in addition to 72 hours of clinical training.

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Sports Medicine

Orthopedic acupuncture is used by athletes to alleviate joint pain, heal muscle strains and sprains, and prevent injury. The benefits of stress reduction and increased energy provided by orthopedic acupuncture helps athletes achieve top performance and alleviate tension prior to competition.

The Sports Medicine certificate program is designed for students interested in assisting patients to increase stamina and flexibility, reduce stress, and obtain peak athletic performance. The program emphasizes the treatment of orthopedic injuries: shin splints, tennis elbow, knee injuries, low back pain, sprained ankles, and other impairments.

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Tuina Massage

TCM Tuina massage practitioners work with the energy channels and points of the body using the same principles as acupuncture except that hands and fingers are used rather than needles. Tuina massage releases stagnant energy flow and tension in the body, enhances the healing process, and aides in the recovery of damaged tissues.

Utilizing a variety of hand techniques, Tuina massage is usually practiced on a clothed body.
A highly effective holistic approach, Tuina provides physical and mental relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. This treatment modality is highly beneficial for young children and patients that have concerns about the use of acupuncture needles.

The TCM Tuina Massage certificate program consists of 176 hours of both theoretical and clinical training. This program is open to students who are not enrolled in the MTCM program, provided they meet the general education enrollment requirements and have taken the prerequisites.

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Externships

Up to 25% of your clinical training hours may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to become exposed to different patient populations, treat a wide variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization.

Offered in a broad range of settings, our community externships provide you with valuable hands-on clinical experience in a private practice, community clinic, or integrative medical environment. Community externship opportunities include working with senior citizens, veterans of war, mental health patients, those struggling with substance abuse, and treating individuals in a community clinic setting. The following community externships are currently available:

Community Externships

Janus
Since its founding in 1976, Janus has successfully assisted thousands of individuals in their efforts against chemical dependency. In this clinical setting, you will have the opportunity to become proficient using the National Acupuncture Detoxification (NADA) protocol as an integral part of chemical dependency treatment and recovery. For more information about NADA go to www.acudetox.com.

Mental Health Client Action Network
The Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN) is a valuable community service, helping adults with mental illness to live without crisis. The MHCAN drop-in center receives 12,000 visits annually from approximately 600 mental health clients. They lobby for improved health care, and affordable independent housing. MHCAN clients demonstrate that people with serious mental illness can work, go to school, maintain stable housing, and help their peers do the same.

Veteran’s Clinic
You will be treating veterans of all ages with a host of complaints, primarily chronic and long-term health issues. While primary care is often provided by the Veterans’ Administration, you may also be treating homeless and drug addicted veterans. In this clinical setting you will have the opportunity to use acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although this externship does not have the capacity to make herbal formulas on site, you will be expected to recommend formulas to your patients when appropriate. This externship is offered at both the Santa Cruz and San Jose campuses.

Community Clinic
In a community clinic group setting, you will have the opportunity to provide donation-based Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments to low-income patients. You will experience how acupuncture is commonly practiced in China, providing acupuncture, Tuina massage, or herbal medicine treatments in a group setting, in short 15-30 minute intervals. By offering this affordable service, clients can receive acupuncture treatments more frequently to improve their health and well-being.

Akiyama Wellness Center
Akiyama Wellness Center is part of Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service center. Akiyama provides wellness programs to their senior members, including acupuncture, yoga, and Taiji classes. The treatment setting at Akiyama is community room style. Interns are required to see patients on a pre-scheduled basis. Although this externship does not have the capacity to make herbal formulas on site, you will be expected to recommend formulas to your patients when appropriate.

Clinical Private Externships

Multiple off-campus externships are offered by TCM practitioners located throughout California. In a clinical private externship you will work alongside the practitioner through a normal day’s activities as well as assist with client treatments. You will have the opportunity to learn about the specializations they offer and to gain hands-on experience working in a private-practice environment.

Community Events

Five Branches University students participate in a Career Development Fair prior to the completion of their Masters degree. This requirement is fulfilled through a community health fair or a classroom outreach event where students demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of TCM to inform and recruit new patients. Often, these events address the needs of low income or otherwise disenfranchised groups in communities throughout the Bay area. These events are always free to the public, and are just a small representation of the philanthropic efforts that Five Branches engages in throughout each academic year.

International Externships

You may choose to study in Asia to experience the authentic practice of TCM integrated with modern Western medicine. Our relationship with five universities in China, Korea and Taiwan provide you with the opportunity to learn TCM from highly knowledgeable doctors and clinical experts, to receive training in a hospital setting, and to explore the beauty and diversity of Asia. For further details, please refer to Study in Asia.


Study in Asia

The Study Abroad program offers you the unparalleled opportunity to witness the authentic practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) combined with Western medicine as a primary care medical system, where large volumes of patients with a wide variety of conditions are treated.

Accompanied by Five Branches’ native Chinese-or Korean- speaking faculty and 20-30 Master’s and Doctoral students, you can travel to Asia for a period of two to four weeks to receive specialized TCM and Integrative medicine training in an affiliated hospital and out-patient center at one of our five sister schools, in China,Taiwan or Korea.

You can complete up to 25% of your clinical training requirements at one of the following Universities: Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Liaoning University of TCM, Tianjin University of TCM, China Medical University, Daejeon University and National Hospital of Traditional Medicine, and receive specialized training in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pediatrics, Gynecology, TCM Trauma or other medical specialties, based on student interest and faculty availability.

Using a translator, you will train with world-class practitioners who possess a strong knowledge in the theories and clinical applications of TCM.

Travel throughout Asia

After training in the hospital, join faculty and fellow students on daily excursions to historical sites, shopping, tasting local delights or enjoying the area’s scenic gardens, pagodas and museums.

China

Considered one of the world’s top travel destinations, China offers travelers stunning natural beauty, bustling city experiences and more than 5000 years of rich cultural heritage. Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China in Beijing and experience the striking scenery of the mountains of Guilin and Yangshao rising up from the rice paddy fields.

Korea

While visiting Korea, stroll the pavilions and halls within the grounds of the famous Gyeonbok Palace, and be sure to wander the streets of Seoul, known for its chic boutiques, renowned restaurants and exciting nightlife.

Taiwan

Taiwan, one of the most diverse destinations in Asia, is full of natural wonder. Explore the lush mountains of Wulai, hike in Taroko Gorge or spend time at one of the world’s best hot springs. At night, venture out to the exhilarating city of Taipei to experience a mélange of Taiwanese culture, entertainment and cuisine.

Vietnam

Vietnam is fast becoming recognized as one of the most beautiful countries in the world.From the chaotic vibrancy of Saigon and Hanoi, to the peace and tranquility of Halong bay to the serene, scenic harmony of Sapa, you will be enthralled and delighted.

Other Destinations

With an infrastructure that allows easy travel by plane, ship, car or train, you can extend your stay and travel throughout Asia to engage in activities like swimming with elephants in Thailand, diving the multitude of coral reefs that surround the islands of the Philippines or mastering the art of meditation and tea ceremony during a temple stay in Japan.

This valuable international experience will complement your academic curriculum and clinical training, broaden your perspective of the Asian culture and be highly regarded by future employers.