Transfer Students

If you are a student at another TCM/acupuncture school and are considering transferring to Five Branches, you can apply for our Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dual-Degree Program as a Transfer Student.

Transfer Student Application Procedure and Requirements

Transfer students follow the same application and admissions procedures as required of new students, in addition to meeting the transfer student requirements as listed below. If you are a Transfer Student, transferring to Five Branches University from another TCM college, you must submit the following documents along with the completed application:

  1. Cover letter stating your reasons for seeking a transfer from another TCM college, and a list of the courses you wish to transfer.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a previous TCM/Acupuncture instructor, located at the TCM school you attended.
  3. Catalog from your previous TCM college, stating its approval agencies and accreditation.
  4. Syllabus outlining the course content for each course you wish to transfer.

You must submit your admission application by the priority application dates of May 1 (Fall trimester), and September 1 (Spring trimester). If you are interested in admission during the Summer term your application must be completed by or before March 1st.

Upon acceptance to Five Branches, you will be informed of your placement in the DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree Program, and an evaluation of your transfer credits will be completed by the admissions director. An equivalency exam may be required for courses taken more than five years before applying to confirm sufficient knowledge and competency of the course materials. Only coursework completed prior to enrollment at Five Branches, and awarded a letter grade of C or above, is transferable.

Transferring TCM Courses

Transfer credit will be accepted for TCM courses taken from a nationally accredited TCM college, approved by the California Acupuncture Board, if the courses are equivalent in content to Five Branches courses.

TCM-related courses from a TCM college not approved by the California Acupuncture Board will only be accepted within the 50% limitations of the Board. TCM courses from tutorial or apprenticeship programs are non-transferable.

Transferring Western Medicine Courses

Western medicine courses taken prior to enrollment at Five Branches may be transferred to fulfill part or the entire DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree Western medicine track, including natural science requirements. If the natural science courses: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology have not been taken prior to enrollment, students may take them concurrently, within their first two years of study. These courses can be taken from a community college, a university, or online. Western medicine courses are transferable only from regionally accredited, degree-granting colleges, universities, or TCM schools. Natural science credits from non-accredited or vocational schools are non-transferable.

Transferring Credit Earned through Challenge Examination or Achievement Tests

Students may petition to receive credit for one course per department via a challenge examination, with the exclusion of the Clinical Training department. You may qualify to take a challenge examination only under the following circumstances: (1) The course was previously taken and passed at another institution with a grade lower than C, and did not qualify for transfer credit or (2) The course was previously taken and passed at another institution, but the course material was not sufficient to qualify for full transfer credit.

Upon qualification, you will be provided with the course syllabus to aid in preparation for taking the examination. The examination must be taken prior to the start of the program term in which the course is required. The passing score for a challenge examination is 80%. A course can be challenged by examination only once. If you fail to pass the examination, you will be required to enroll in the course in the appropriate term at the full tuition cost.

Credit earned through assessment or achievement examinations at other Traditional Chinese Medicine schools are non-transferable. Transfer credit is not available for work or life experience.

Transfer Fees

A transfer fee will apply to the evaluation of all courses transferred into the DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree Program, with the exception of the five natural science courses. The transfer fee is 15% of the current tuition, per unit, up to a maximum of $500. If an equivalency exam is required, an additional fee of 30% of the current tuition, per unit, will apply.

For personal service please call or email our Admissions department :
San Jose – (408) 260-0208 or
Santa Cruz– (831) 476-9424 Ext 31 or

Thank you for your interest in Five Branches University!

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