DTCM & DAc Bridge Program

Online One-year
DTCM & DAc Bridge Program
Take Your Practice to the Next Level – Become a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine


We have the bridge to a DTCM or DAc degree for TCM and acupuncture graduates and practitioners

The Online DTCM & DAc Bridge Program is an exciting opportunity for current practitioners to earn a doctoral degree. Created by the profession’s accreditor, ACAOM, the program follows standards emphasizing integrative care, systems-based medicine and professional development as they relate to the practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Five Branches University’s at-your-own-pace, on-demand format is tailored to those in the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine field who want a high quality, relevant and convenient path towards earning the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) degree or Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) degree.

DTCM/DAc Bridge Program Highlights
  • Short program length – three trimesters (totaling 315 hours)
  • Academics 100% online
  • Clinical training taught either at the University or at preceptorships local to you
  • Take classes on your schedule – No set class times
  • Regular instructor office hours
  • State-of-the-art course design and content
  • User-friendly platform
  • Emphasis on professional development
  • Integrates TCM with modern medical context
  • The program is open to those who have completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture
  • The culmination of the program results in graduates receiving the degree of “Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine” or “Doctor of Acupuncture”, and the ability to use the title “Dr.” in front of your name

Program Focus
Five Branches University’s DTCM/DAc Bridge program focuses on professional development and learning how to use Western diagnostics to inform and enhance your TCM practice.
The program courses include:

  • Integration of Diagnostic Imaging Techniques and Lab Analysis to TCM Practice
  • Western Health Care Systems and Integrative Care
  • Applying Case Studies and Research to TCM Practice

Click here for the complete listings of our DTCM/DAc Bridge Program Curriculum

Bridge Program Curriculum

Clinic Overview
The DTCM Bridge Program features a carefully designed, 315 hour clinical experience over the course of its three terms.  It has been created with students in mind who have full-time, working schedules as clinicians in the field of Chinese medicine and requires minimal time and effort spent outside of practice.  The clinical component of the program is part and parcel of the online learning environment and includes assignments that require you to delve deeper into integrative diagnostic reasoning skills with patients in your own practice.  Additionally there are pre-recorded patient/practitioner interactions that serve as an Integrative Online Theatre, where students complete assignments based on case presentations presented by faculty.  The focus of the clinical portion of the program is consistent with the rest of the program, in that it emphasizes a need for strong roots in TCM practice as the basis for outstanding and effective integrative medical skills.  At Five Branches we are proud to say that we hold the development of knowledge and skills in TCM as primary to the evolution and continued success of Chinese medicine.

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Tuition and Financial Aid
    • Tuition for the 16.5-unit 315-hour program is $8,505. Five Branches University Master’s graduates receive a 20% discount for a tuition of $6,804.
    • Tuition is proportional to the number of courses of each trimester and is payable by trimester or monthly. There is a nominal fee for use of credit card and for the monthly payment plan.

How to Apply

All students with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine, or equivalent, are welcome.

To receive the DTCM Bridge Program Admissions Package:

  • Email: admissionsadvisor@fivebranches.edu
  • Online Form: Please fill out the inquiry form below
  • Call: (831) 476-9424 EXT 41

Applicants will need to submit:

  • DTCM Bridge Program Application form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • TCM related transcripts – The DTCM and DAc programs require a pre-requisites of 90 semester units of undergraduate coursework and a minimum GPA of 2.75


  • Application Deadline August 3rd 2020
  • Program Starts September 8th 2020

Download Bridge Program Application Forms

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Bridge Program Inquiry Form
Do you have any questions? Please fill out the form below and an admissions team member will contact you shortly.