University description (as per official university website)
Five Branches University was founded on an auspicious day - Feb. 4, 1984, on Chinese New Year, in the Year of the Mouse, at the beginning of a 60-year cycle. We had one classroom, a clinic with three treatment rooms, five teachers, 18 dedicated students, one patient a day, and one typewriter. Today we have two campuses, 12 classrooms, 33 treatment rooms, 100 teachers, 450 dedicated students, 600 alumni, and we see 140 patients a day. We have grown.
From the beginning, it was our intention to invite Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners to the West, to teach and transmit their precious knowledge of Chinese medicine and to share their subtle, yet powerful ways of practicing medicine. The history of Five Branches began when several of these extraordinary, yet humble, practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine accepted our invitation.
The essence of our success has been the quality and dedication of our faculty/practitioners. Jeffrey Pang, LAc, Joanna Zhao, LAc, Sharon Feng, LAc, and Lucy Hu, LAc, have been with us for over 20 years. Richard Liao, LAc, Richard Shwery, LAc, and Shao Hua Li, LAc, taught for over 10 years. Today, our faculty number over 100 distinguished members.
The most meaningful events of our history however, are the memories of the hug and warm smile that a patient gives one of our faculty members when they meet outside of the clinic, the faculty member who shares how Chinese medicine saved their patientís life, and the heartfelt gratitude expressed by a graduate at their graduation for the gifts received from their faculty during their time of study and training at Five Branches.
It is our comprehensive academic programs, the quality of teaching in both the classroom and the clinic and the deep and sincere dedication of the faculty, staff and students that have contributed significantly to the transmission of this incredible medicine into our communities and throughout the West.
At Five Branches University we understand that furthering your education will mean a significant investment of your time, energy and resources. We also know that deciding how to fund your education requires solid information and careful planning. We recommend that you determine your financial plan as early as possible so that you can focus on your academic responsibilities once school begins. The Five Branches Financial Aid Office can assist you to identify the sources of financial aid that will best suit your educational needs.
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. We hope to make your financial aid experience a pleasant one. If at any time you have questions or need further information the Financial Aid Office is here to assist you.
Federal Student Financial Aid Program
Federal financial aid programs are intended to provide financial assistance to students who, without such assistance, would be unable to meet educational costs at the University. Educational costs include tuition, fees, books, materials, and a reasonable allowance for living during the academic year. Eligibility for financial aid is determined using a federal formula as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education. In order to qualify for federal financial aid you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled for a minimum of six units each semester. Students who attend Five Branches University on an F-1 Visa (international students) are not eligible to participate in the federal student loan program.