Graduation and Licensure

Graduation

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dual-Degree Program (DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree)

The Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Degrees are awarded to students who complete the entire DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree Program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University. The DTCM and MTCM degrees fulfill the requirements you need to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination and the National Certification Exam.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM)

The Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Degree is awarded to students who complete the entire MTCM Program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University. The MTCM degree fulfills the requirements you need to take the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination and the National Certification Exam.
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Doctor of Acupuncture and Master of Acupuncture Dual-Degree Program (DAc/MAc Dual-Degree)

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Master of Acupuncture Dual-Degrees are awarded to students who complete the entire DAc/MAc Dual-Degree Program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University. The DAc/MAc Dual-Degree fulfills the requirements you need to sit for the National Acupuncture Certification Exam.

Master of Acupuncture (MAc)

The Master of Acupuncture Degree is awarded to students who complete the entire MAc Program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University. The MAc degree fulfills the requirements you need to sit for the National Acupuncture Certification Exam.

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Doctor of Acupuncture – Bridge Program (DTCM/DAc Bridge)

The Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) or Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) Degree is awarded to students who complete the entire DTCM or DAc Bridge Completion program in good academic standing and with no outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Postgraduate DAOM)

The Postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine candidate is eligible for graduation once s/he has satisfactorily completed all didactic and clinical courses, fulfilled all requirements, and obtained a passing mark at the final capstone project/oral defense. Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Postgraduate DAOM) degree.

Licensure

Licensure to practice acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is regulated by individual states in the United States. Other countries also have varying requirements for licensure. Applicants who wish to practice outside California need to investigate licensure regulations in the state or country they are interested in practicing, prior to applying to Five Branches University.

California Licensure Examination

Students wishing to practice acupuncture in California must first obtain the state license, which requires qualifying for and passing California’s written examination administered by the California Acupuncture Board.

All programs required coursework of the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) or Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) must be successfully completed to be eligible to sit for the California Acupuncture Board licensing examination. All accounts with the administration, clinic, and library must be clear, as well as proof of an exit interview with the financial aid advisor. Students must notify the administration of their intention to sit for this examination one month prior to the examination application deadline, allowing adequate time for processing paperwork to the California Acupuncture Board.

For the latest information about the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination and licensure in California contact:

The California Acupuncture Board
1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 180
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: (916) 515-5200
Fax: (916) 928-2204
Email: acupuncture@dca.ca.gov
www.acupuncture.ca.gov

National Certification Examination

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the only national organization that validates entry-level competency in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine through professional certification. NCCAOM certification or a passing score on the NCCAOM certification examinations are documentation of competency for licensure as an acupuncturist by 43 states plus the District of Columbia which represents 98% of the states that regulate acupuncture.

For the latest information concerning the national licensing exam and licensure in other states: see NCCAOM’s website at

https://www.nccaom.org/state-licensure/

Or contact:

NCCAOM
2001 K Street, NW 3rd Floor
North Washington DC 20006

Phone: (888) 381-1140
Fax: (202) 381-1141
info@thenccaom.org
www.nccaom.org

For additional information on state certification requirements and contact information for the regulatory agency for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine located in each state go to: www.acupuncture.com/statelaws/statelaw.htm.

Students who have 3 years (90 units) of undergraduate study receive both the DTCM and MTCM degrees. Students who have 2 years (60 units) of undergraduate study receive the MTCM degree, which is the requirement to take the California licensing exam and the National certification exam for licensure in all other States. With the MTCM or DTCM degree, you are also eligible to apply to our postgraduate DAOM program.

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