Category: Welcome


[3/15/2020] Traditional Chinese Medicine 101

SAN JOSE COMMUNITY CLASS – Open to the Public on Sunday Afternoon

Join us starting Sunday, March 15th for a comprehensive 4-week course series. This course series is intended as an introductory course into the philosophy and the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine and how it applies to our day-to-day habits for a healthy lifestyle, explained by a top expert in the field, Dr. Ching Chi.

Dr. Ching Chi is a DAOM, PhD Graduate of Zhejiang TCM University and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California. Ching specializes in pain management, diabetes and its complication, stroke rehabilitation, cancer care and autoimmune disease.

Webinar by Dr. Ching Chi: Weight Management |Traditional Chinese Medicine

Date Topic
Week 1 (Mar. 15th) Natural laws of life – the secret to health and longevity
Week 2 (Mar. 22nd) The pathways of life – understand how the human body is vitally interconnected
Week 3 (Mar. 29th) Microcosmos – how parts of your body tell the health history of the whole
Week 4 (Apr. 5th) Gatekeepers – how acupuncture unlocks and directs the energy flow in the Body
Price: $60/ 4 sessions Location:
Five Branches University – San Jose Campus
1885 Lundy Ave., Suite 108
San Jose, CA 95131

… Continue reading


[02/20/2020] Lecture Series by the Seaside

Starting on January 16th, 2020, Five Branches University will be holding a free series of lectures at our Santa Cruz Campus. Courses will be held throughout the year and topics and teachers will vary. Check back here often to see what we have in store.

… Continue reading


Intrinsic Asthma Clinic – Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, CA, Dec 8 — Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, might have found the underlying cause of intrinsic asthma and an appropriate treatment. The results of her preliminary research on asthma patients, published in the October issue of the Journal of Chinese Medicine, suggest that an aberrant pattern in a specific sub-dermal electrical current in people with intrinsic asthma prevents adrenaline release and instead, in response to an increased need for oxygen, activates the mammalian dive reflex, the physiology of which is identical to that of intrinsic asthma. In all observed cases, one or two hours of acupuncture or physical therapy (Yin Tui Na) that lastingly corrected the electrical aberration also ended the chronic throat constriction and tendency for asthma. Dr. Walton-Hadlock is now looking to further her findings by hosting, with student interns, a free asthma clinic on Tuesdays from January 7 to April 14, 2020, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Five Branches University, 200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz.

Intrinsic asthma manifests when the body suddenly needs more oxygen. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, throat or chest tightness, and wheezing. Unlike extrinsic asthma, which is triggered by pathogens, allergens, or illness, intrinsic asthma can be triggered by physical activity or emotional stress. Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock’s initial observations in twelve patients found that these individuals all had a specific electrical blockage causing inadequate activation of sympathetic mode and the adrenal glands. Upon removal of the electrical blockage, using either acupuncture or gentle physical therapy in the blocked area, healthy adrenaline release and other features of a healthy level of sympathetic mode occurred almost immediately. The chronic throat constriction and overall tendency for asthma quickly ceased. After more than six months, patients were still asthma free. The Kaiser medical research department called these preliminary results “intriguing.”

Beginning January 2020, Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock will conduct a 60-person treatment program to assess the sub-dermal electrical systems of people with intrinsic asthma and correct any electrical errors using acupuncture or physical therapy. To participate in the study or inquire about details, candidates are asked to email Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock at pdinfo@cruzio.com or leave a message at 831-423-2649. Patient assessment and treatment usually takes two hours. In rare cases, a second treatment session might be needed. An appointment is required.

For an e-copy of the asthma article in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, please send a request to Dr. Walton-Hadlock at the above email address.

“I’m trying to control my excitement, but what I’ve seen so far has been life changing for those people who no longer have asthma,” said Dr. Walton-Hadlock. “It now appears that this simple treatment might save many lives.”


About Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, LAc

Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock, DAOM, LAc, has been a professor of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, California, since 1998. She is the founder and director of the non-profit Parkinson’s Recovery Project and has led research projects on Parkinson’s disease, on the long-term effects of shock and on the bioelectric basis of Chinese medicine. Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock lectures widely and has been published in many peer-reviewed journals of Chinese medicine. She was the first non-MD acupuncturist to have a commentary accepted for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (Mar 31 2005).


[02/04/2020] Chinese Medicine for Health & Wellness

SANTA CRUZ COMMUNITY CLASS – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Tuesday Evenings Feb 4th  – Mar 24th  from 7-9pm

Join us starting Tuesday, February 4th for a comprehensive 8-week course series. Discover the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine: Yin and Yang relationships, Five Element Theory (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water), and the relationships between our mind, body, spirit and how we can apply them to everyday health and wellness.


Price:
– Whole Program: $75
– A La Cart: $15
Location: 
Five Branches University – Santa Cruz
200 7th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

… Continue reading


Come to Join Our Student Activities

You are welcomed to join our student-organized activities in the campus.  Online registration and a completed waiver form are required prior to participation.  You can also reach Admision Office for assistance.

Subscribe to our monthly newletter to be updated with upcoming events.

 

In Addition to student activities, What is the full experience?


… Continue reading


Tai Chi Workshops, Spring 2020

Free Taiji (Tai Chi) Workshops, Spring 2020

First Session: 7:30 PM, Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2020

Increase Balance and Strength, Prevent Falling

2nd Session: 2:00 PM, Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2020

Improve Body Alignment, Manage Back and Shoulder Pain

Online registration in advance is required.
Location: Five Branches University San Jose campus.
Address: 1885 Lundy Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
(Near Great Mall® Milpitas, @Google Map )

Sign Up for the Workshops

  • Multple days allowed
… Continue reading


Military Veterans, An Opportunity to Study TCM and Acupuncture

If you or your dependent is a veteran with an undergraduate degree, Five Branches University makes education accessible to you.  Our DTCM/MTCM program offers Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) and Acupuncture degree, academic classes and clinical training included and the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, and Yellow Ribbon can be arranged to cover your tuition fees and other benefits.

To get started, please read our Veteran Education Policies. For specific questions, fill out our contact form and an Admission Adviser will contact you.  We are glad to talk with you about the benefits eligibility, financial aid, and how to navigate the admissions process.

At Five Branches University, our top priority is to prepare our graduates to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our nationally accredited degree programs provide students with a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training, and comprehensive education in integrative medicine.

… Continue reading


[03/04/2020] San Jose Campus TCM Course Trial

Please sign up for the upcoming schedule on:

March 4th, 2020 9:00AM-12:00AM, TCM Foundation II

In a few hrs, you have the opportunity to:

  • Experience our Classroom Culture
  • Get a feel for University Life as a DTCM/MTCM Student
  • Go over the DTCM/MTCM Program in Depth
  • Go on a campus-wide tour of our new San Jose Campus
  • Receive your application packet

… Continue reading


Experience Five Branches 2019

Five Branches University has been at the forefront of Traditional Chinese Medicine education and clinical services in the San Francisco Bay Area for thirty-five years. We provide winning opportunities to advance your knowledge in Traditional Chinese Medicine where you could start an amazing career, or simply benefit yourself and your loved ones.
Come find your unique experience in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Grab your free spot now; spots are limited.

… Continue reading


Earn Your Doctorate and Masters at the same time

Five Branches University now offers its new Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a dual degree – DTCM/MTCM. This allows students to complete a single 4-year program, and earn both the Doctoral and Master’s upon graduation. The DTCM/MTCM dual degree minimizes study time, grants financial aid, and allows students to sit for both the California licensing and National certification exams.

… Continue reading


Sterling TCM Clinicians, Effective Treatment To The Point.

The twelve-year-old girl who came in to see Dr Julie Zhu at the Five Branches Clinic was faced with not just the challenges endured by all the other girls of her age, she had had the added stress, trauma and fear as a result of things going horribly , horribly wrong.

For many young girls, the arrival of their first menstrual period can be a bewildering and frightening experience which foists upon them a whole range of challenges and changes.

Puberty is a daunting time for any teenager, the way one’s body changes, the awkwardness, the clumsiness, the embarrassment of sexual changes and sexual awakening confuse and challenge their  self image and sense of identity.

The onset of her first menstrual period had been marked by dysfunctional uterine bleeding,  a gynecological condition which had thrown the poor girl and her parents pell mell into a battery of medical tests and gynecological examinations and pharmaceutical and hormonal interventions which, save to mortify and traumatize the young girl and her family, didn’t help.  The doctors were stumped!  Expensive scans and blood tests and examinations revealed nothing abnormal. The family was desperate, the young girl disconsolate.  The ongoing blood loss had lead to anemia , with the concomitant fatigue and the emotional and psychological impact that it brings.

Dr Julie Zhu is one of the sterling team of doctors at Five Branches University clinic, bringing a wealth of knowledge from long years of experience both in China and the United States to what is rated the best acupuncture school in the bay area, teaching students and treating patients with incredibly good results.

After just a couple of sessions the bleeding had stopped, the young girl had begun to recover her strength and energy, the family had hope restored, and within two months thereafter the young patient’s menstrual cycle was normalized and she has since been completely recovered.

Ten months of this nightmare had brought her parents to seek some other approach.  They came, not so much looking for or expecting answers, so much as hoping for something  miraculous, anything, to help their daughter.  They were not disappointed.  The treatment was short, and to the point!


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


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.”

… Continue reading


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.

… Continue reading


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!

… Continue reading


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.”

… Continue reading


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.

… Continue reading


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.
… Continue reading


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.

… Continue reading


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
… Continue reading


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.
… Continue reading


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.
… Continue reading


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.
… Continue reading


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

Mobile Devices

Why study MTCM at Five Branches

Points of Excellence

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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

Mobile Devices

Why study MTCM at Five Branches

Points of Excellence

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

responsive

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.

… Continue reading


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.

… Continue reading