Graduation

The degrees of Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine are awarded to students who complete the entire DTCM/MTCM program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University. The DTCM/MTCM degree fulfills the requirements you need to take the California State Acupuncture Licensing Exam and the National Certification Exam.

The Master of Acupuncture Degree is awarded to students who complete the entire MAc program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University. The MAc degree fulfills the requirements you need to sit for the National Acupuncture Certification Exam.

A postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine candidate is eligible for graduation once he/she has satisfactorily completed all didactic and clinical courses, fulfilled all requirements, and obtained a passing mark at the final capstone project/oral defense. Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree.

Becoming a Licensed Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Licensure to practice acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is regulated by individual states in the United States. Other countries also have various requirements for licensure. Applicants who wish to practice outside California should investigate licensure regulations in the state or country they are interested in practicing, prior to applying to Five Branches University.

California Licensure Examination

Students wishing to practice acupuncture in California must first obtain the state license, which requires qualifying for and passing California’s written examination administered by the California Acupuncture Board.

All program required coursework must be successfully completed to be eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Board licensing examination. All accounts with the administration, clinic, and library must be clear, as well as proof of an exit interview with the financial aid advisor. Students must notify the administration of their intention to sit for this examination one month prior to the examination application deadline, allowing adequate time for processing of paperwork to the California Acupuncture Board.

For the latest information about the California licensure examination and licensure in California contact:

The California Acupuncture Board
1424 Howe Avenue – Suite 37
Sacramento, CA 95825-3233
Phone: (916) 263-2680
Fax: (916) 263-2654
Email: acupuncture@dca.ca.gov
www.acupuncture.ca.gov

National Certification Examination

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.

For the latest information concerning the national licensing exam and licensure in other states contact:

NCCAOM
76 South Laura Street, Suite 1290
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 598-1005
Fax: (904) 598-5001
www.nccaom.org

For additional information on state certification requirements, and contact information for the regulatory agency for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine located in each state go to: www.acupuncture.com

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