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

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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.
  • Financial Aid may be available in 2020.

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: Fill your mailing address in the form below
  • Call: (831) 476-9424

The admissions application will be on our website in May.

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 April 6th 2020
  • Program Starts May 11th 2020

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Bridge Program Inquiry Form
Would you like to receive the application package or have any questions?
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