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Introduction of Masters in TCM

For over 30 years we have set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrative medicine education.

Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Our nationally accredited Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) program, taught in English and Chinese, provides you with a strong foundation in TCM diagnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training and a comprehensive integrative medical education.

Master of Acupuncture

Designed for students who wish to practice outside California, or those interested in developing a practice emphasizing acupuncture. The MAc program includes both academic and clinical training, with a focus on working in an integrative medical environment, or establishing a Community Acupuncture Clinic.

Financial Aid Available!

Five Branches University is an accredited institution of higher education approved to participate in federal financial aid programs. Our financial aid programs assist more than 80% of our students in meeting the financial costs of their education.

Federal Financial Aid and Supplemental Loans available for tuition AND living expenses

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Why study MTCM at Five Branches

Points of Excellence


Two California Campuses

You can choose from our two beautiful campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California or attend classes at both to enjoy breathtaking coastal views or unique cultural city experiences. Both campuses offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live.


Health Centers

Treating over 160 patients each day, our health centers are the ideal place for students to gain experience in a clinical environment. Our staff includes specialists in neurology, internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, immune-deficiency, ophthalmology, pain management, gastroenterology, and cardiology.


Experienced Faculty and Clinical Experts

Learn from the most highly accomplished faculty in TCM education. Many of our doctors and teachers have decades of experience teaching and practicing TCM in renowned hospitals and medical schools in China and the U.S.


Specialty Certificate Options and Externship

As an MTCM student, you can receive specialty certification in Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Five Element and Tuina Massage.Part of your clinical training may be completed through an externship. The diverse externships we offer allow you to treat a variety of conditions, and explore new fields of specialization.

What Students Say

"here else do we get an education on how to take care of ourselves and be healthy? You have to take care of yourself to take care of other people. Through this program, I have had the capacity to maintain a level of health to a high degree throughout my life and incorporate preventative medicine and wellness. "

"he quality of education here is so strong. To become a practitioner of medicine you need a strong foundation and a good education, and I have the opportunities to push myself ??there are more available electives and more room to grow."