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Five Branches University offers ten programs related to Traditional Chinese and Integrative Medicine at its two California campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose.

Past and Present

In 1984, Five Branches University became one of the first Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) colleges in the United States. Today, we are recognized as one of the nation’s top TCM schools providing the highest level of professional education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine in the U.S. and internationally.


Five Branches University aims to set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) education and healthcare, develop highly-skilled TCM clinical practitioners, educators and researchers, and advance the practice of TCM as an independent medical modality through clinical practice, education and research.

California Campuses

Our students enjoy life on campus in both Santa Cruz and San Jose, California. Both locations offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live. In close proximity to one another our campuses provide spacious classrooms, extensive libraries and herbal pharmacies, thriving health centers and comfortable spaces for rest, nourishment and social activities.

Interested in Our Program?
Five Branches University Santa Cruz and San Jose have received full 7 years accreditation for both the Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine programs:
San Jose Campus | Santa Cruz Campus

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Our Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree), Master of Acupuncture (MAc) and Postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Postgraduate DAOM) programs provide a strong foundation in TCM diagnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training and a comprehensive integrative medical education. Our Continuing Education programs offer certification in Medical Qigong.


Our dedicated faculty play a significant role in our growth and in establishing our reputation as a leader in Traditional Chinese medicine education and patient care. Our faculty is a diverse community of practitioners, teachers, doctors, international lecturers and published authors, many of whom have been core faculty members for over 30 years.


Five Branches University is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.

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