Welcome to Five Branches University. For over 28 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education. Our nationally accredited Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and Asian Bodywork and Qigong programs are among the most highly regarded in the U.S. and abroad. 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 Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine program is presented in English at our Santa Cruz campus, and in English, Chinese and Korean at our San Jose campus. The Master’s 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 nationally accredited MTCM program will prepare you for the national and state examinations required to become a licensed acupuncturist. The MTCM 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 Master of Acupuncture (MAc) program 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.
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.
The Five Branches University Asian Massage and Bodywork certification program is one of the Bay Area’s leading massage schools for NCCAOM certification in the Asian Healing Arts. Taught by renowned Asian bodywork teachers you can learn Acupressure, Tuina, Shiatsu and other Asian healing practices. Completion of the 250 or 500 hour program will allow you to obtain a California (250 hour) and/or a National (500 hour) massage license.
Five Branches University is the first accredited acupuncture school in the U.S to pioneer a comprehensive Medical Qigong certification program. Our Medical Qigong program offers two sequential Medical Qigong certifications: Self Cultivation and Medical Qigong Practitioner (M.Q.P).
Our commitment to excellence in education continues beyond graduation with our ongoing Continuing Education courses. Five Branches University brings expert teachers and lecturers together to offer you a wide variety of high quality courses to improve your health, learn a new skill, or earn Continuing Education units (CEU’s) to maintain your license.