Five Branches University offers a variety of classes and certificate programs in therapeutic massage, Asian Bodywork, Qigong and Medical Qigong; bringing together wisdom from modalities based in Eastern and Western traditions. Courses may be taken individually, for massage therapists, qigong instructors, licensed acupuncturists and other healing practitioners, wanting to add to their skills, or who require more class hours to recertify with the CAMTC. And courses may be taken in a series of classes that lead to certification in Asian Bodywork and Qigong, and in Qigong and Medical Qigong.


500-Hour Asian Bodywork and Qigong Program

The 500-hour Asian Bodywork and Qigong Certificate Program, offered at both our San Jose and Santa Cruz campuses, qualifies you to apply with the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to become a state-Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). Five Branches University is a CAMTC-approved school and this program will provide the preparation necessary to take the MBLEx exam, required for CAMTC certification.

The program is offered part-time, with varying schedules depending on student needs: the entire 500-hour program can be completed in one, two or three trimesters which translates to 4, 8 or 12 months.

Coursework offered at both campuses includes:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupressure and Tui Na
  • Swedish Massage
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology
  • Professional Ethics and Business Management
  • Supervised Clinical Practice

* Prerequisite for this program is high school diploma, GED or equivalent

Additional Massage and Bodywork Courses

Depending on student interest and faculty availability, massage and bodywork courses are offered in the following specialties:

  • Thai Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Qi Gong
  • Sports Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue


Qigong and Medical Qigong

Both the Santa Cruz and San Jose campuses offer certificate programs and individual courses in Qigong and Medical Qigong.

Self Cultivation Certificate

The Self Cultivation Certificate program, available at both the San Jose and Santa Cruz campuses, is a two-course qigong training program designed to enhance your awareness of energy within and around yourself. You will learn esoteric Medical Qigong terminology, energetic anatomy and physiology, and how external and internal pathogenic factors can affect health.

Medical Qigong I

In Medical Qigong I, you are led through a progressive series of Qigong meditations and exercises, and will learn basic applications of Medical Qigong purgation, tonification, and regulation energetic skills.

Medical Qigong II

In Medical Qigong II, you are led through a progressive series of advanced Shengong meditations and exercises, specifically used for developing advanced intuitive diagnostic skills.

Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate – Santa Cruz Campus

The Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate (MQP) program, offered at the Five Branches Santa Cruz campus, is a 200-hour Medical Qigong training program which includes clinical training under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist specializing in Medical Qigong. The MQP is designed to teach you how to integrate self-cultivation skills and apply them in the realm of qi emission.

Medical Qigong Therapist Certificate – San Jose Campus

The Medical Qigong Therapist (MQT) 650-hour Certificate program, offered at the Five Branches San Jose campus, is a powerful journey through deep self healing as a means to awaken your ability to help others heal.

Extension Catalog 2018-2019

The Extension Catalog 2018-2019 details the courses of the program and describes the University and the procedure for applying for admissions. The Catalog is available here.


Contact Us:

For admissions and course information, contact:

Five Branches University Extension

San Jose:

Gina Huang
(408) 260-0208 ext 233

Santa Cruz:

(831) 476-9424

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