Asheville, North Carolina


Join us for our summer session!

June 8-11, 2020

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)



The TTS Program consists of four days of on-site training and combines findings from the most current evidence-based research on pharmacotherapy, population-based issues, practical guidance on running a practice and targeted skills in tobacco dependence counseling.  Information is provided in a workbook and through interactive lectures, as well as problem-based learning activities, applied practice problems, and practice counseling. A comprehensive tobacco treatment manual, including an online resource guide solely for TTS participants, is provided during the course and may be used as a reference guide after the completion of the course.

Program Accreditation
The Duke-UNC TTS Program is fully accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs, and our training provides education in all core competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialists as set forth by The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). The competencies serve as a measure to provide best practices for effective treatment of tobacco use.


Completion of our course fulfills the training requirement for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP), offered by the Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC). We will provide you with appropriate documentation following your completion of the training. The National Certificate also requires passing an examination.

Course participants must attest to being tobacco free for at least 6 months prior to participating in the program.


CME Credit
Participants who complete training and register for Continuing Medical Education (CME) will receive 27.25 hours of CME. CME credits are applicable to physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, nurses, educators, and others. The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has been endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers--North Carolina chapter for 27.25 social work contact hours. If you have questions about whether your licensing board accepts our course for credit, please inquire with that board before completing the course.


Program Cost
Cost for the training is $1,100 to be paid upon registration. Registration fee includes on-site training, training manual, application processing, CME coordination, and light refreshments and lunch. Please inquire about our partial scholarships!

This training was an amazing experience. I look forward to assisting our clients, staff, community and Anuvia with techniques and solutions I learned.

--Andrea Skidmore, Clinical Manager, Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center

Basically I came away with a very strong sense of the need for an alliance (and not any sense of lecture) within the therapeutic relationship, and I feel more comfortable with some of the practical information needed to help in the fight of this tenacious illness. 

--Jan Jenkins, Registered Nurse, Rebound Men’s Program, Charlotte Rescue Mission

What our Participants are Saying About Us...


The training was exceptional with lots of resources! I make it a habit to screen for tobacco use in all my patients regardless of setting (oncology, BH or family practice). The tobacco service by TTS is important and we had really good feedback from all providers about the service. Most importantly, helping patients quit using tobacco has been rewarding for both their physical health and mental health.

--Chue Black, Winston-Salem, NC


Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was established in 1974 to improve training and retention of healthcare professionals across Western North Carolina (WNC). They are dedicated to excellence in clinical care, health professions education, and innovative practices that can be replicated nationally.

Located in Asheville, MAHEC serves North Carolina’s 16 westernmost counties. It is the largest of the nine state AHECs that address national and state concerns with the supply, retention, and quality of health professionals especially in rural areas of the state.

MAHEC is also home to UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, a vibrant academic health center that includes branch campuses of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, an inter-professional medical research department, and research faculty from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.