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Learn Why We Are America's Top Acupuncture & TCM Programs
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Our nationally accredited degree programs provide students with a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, the latest TCM research, extensive clinical training, and a comprehensive education in integrative medicine.

Graduate Degrees:
  1. Doctor and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM/MTCM);

  2. Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM);

  3. Master of Acupuncture (MAc);

Post-Graduate Degrees:
  1. Postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program (DAOM);

  2. Joint DAOM/PhD Degree with leading Chinese Universities;

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Why Five Branches University?

Top Academic and Clinical Experts


Learn from highly accomplished faculty in TCM. Many of our doctors and professors have decades of experience teaching and practicing TCM

Top Ranked University


As one of the oldest Chinese medicine schools in the United States, Five Branches University is recognized as one of the nation’s top TCM and integrative medicine schools

Specialty Certificate Options


As a Doctor & Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine student you can receive advanced academic and clinical training in one of our specialty certifications

  • Live Online
    Our students and faculties' health and safety is of utmost priority here at the Five Branches University. We adapted our program to deliver the best and the most authentic experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine live online without losing quality. Our students continue to gain knowledge and skills to practice TCM at the highest level.
  • Continuing Education
    Our commitment to excellence in education continues beyond graduation with our continuing education programs. Bringing expert teachers and lecturers together, we offer a wide variety of high-quality courses in advanced Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrative Medicine.
  • Two Beautiful Campuses
    Study at one of our two beautiful campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California or attend classes at both. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views or a unique cultural city experience. Both campuses offer plenty of sunshine and a diverse and progressive environment in which to live.
  • Excellent Clinical Training
    In addition to the two TCM clinics at our Santa Cruz and San Jose campuses, students have the opportunity to train in a variety of off-site clinical externships. Students can rotate in clinical settings focusing on mental health, HIV/AIDS, gerontology, community style acupuncture, U.S. veterans, or study at the first TCM residency in a U.S. teaching hospital at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.
  • Financial Aid Available
    Federal Financial Aid is available for all of our degree programs to cover tuition and living expenses, so you can focus your attention on your studies and not have to worry about the rest.
  • Flexible Course Schedules
    Flexible course schedules allow you to attend school full-time or part-time and take courses at both campuses, so you can maintain balance in your life and still have time for rest and recreation.
  • Graduate Success
    Five Branches prepares you to achieve high passing scores on both the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam and the National Certification Exams. The Cumulative Review Department ensures our students master the material and become experts in the field. Upon graduation, you will be qualified to apply for a top-paying positions at renowned medical institutions, integrative medicine group practices, leading cancer treatment centers, or establish a successful TCM practice anywhere in the world.
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At Five Branches University San Jose, there's so much to do when you're not studying to become a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There's plenty of space to hike, hangout, shop, eat, watch and explore in bustling San Jose.
Five Branches University is located at 1885 Lundy Ave in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are easily accessible to Highway 880. The cities of Santa Clara, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Sunnyvale are in the vicinity.
At Five Branches University Santa Cruz, there's so much to do when you're not studying to become a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There's plenty of space to surf, hike, hangout, shop, and explore in sunny Santa Cruz.
Five Branches University is located at 200 Seventh Avenue in Santa Cruz, California, in the heart of the Monterey Bay area. The areas of Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, West Side Santa Cruz, and Bonnie Doon are to the North, a short distance away. If you continue exploring further south, you will also find communities such as Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, La Selva Beach, and Watsonville. Keep in mind that Santa Cruz is fairly small and distances are relative.
Why Apply to Five Branches?

Nationally Accredited and approved by the CA Acupuncture Board as well as the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)


Financial Aid Plans available


Options to specialize in areas including Sports Medicine, Medical Qigong, Tuina Massage, Classical Chinese Medicine, and Five Element Acupuncture

"I find that acupuncture fills the gaps in western medicine."

- Amy Repprecht

Current Student

Student Testimonials

"It's never been a better time to get the degree that you wanted to get."

- Dr. Gigi Shames


"I was ready to expand my knowledge and healing tools."

- Kendra P. Wagers

Current Student

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