In-depth clinical training comprises approximately one-third of the DTCM/MTCM Dual-Degree curriculum, preparing you to practice the theoretical knowledge you gained in the classroom. Throughout the program, starting in your first semester, you will observe a faculty-practitioner diagnosing and treating patients. In your last year, you will diagnose and treat patients with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other methods of the five branches, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The Five Branches medical centers in Santa Cruz and San Jose assist over 160 patients a day, allowing you to work with highly skilled faculty in a busy clinical environment and to gain hands-on experience with patients. By the end of clinical training, you will have performed at least 350 patient treatments, a basic requirement for graduation.
The following electives may be taken as part of MTCM clinical training, while also completing the requirements for each specialized program. For detailed information about these specializations please refer to Specializations. Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.