Who should attend the Duke-UNC TTS Program?


Anyone is welcome to attend! Our TTS trainees come from diverse backgrounds across the continuum of healthcare--medical providers, phyician assistants, nurses, social workers, behavioral health providers, pharmacists, dental hygienists, health departments, and more. Our only pre-requisite for participation in the training course is that a participant must be tobacco free for at least 6 months prior to the training. NAADAC has additional prerequisites for participants who wish to seek NCTTP (National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice) status. Visit the NAADAC website for more details.




What is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)?


According to the definition given by ATTUD, the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorders, a Tobacco Treatment Specialist is a professional who is specially trained to provide treatment for individuals seeking to stop using tobacco. Most of our students are health professionals who wish to deepen their undertanding of and skills in addressing tobacco use in their clients. Our TTS trainees come from diverse backgrounds across the continuum of healthcare--medical providers, phyician assistants, nurses, social workers, behavioral health providers, pharmacists, dental hygienists, health departments, and more. Read more about the role of a TTS here. The Duke-UNC TTS Training Program meets all of the requirements set forth in the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as well as the national competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialist acknowledged by The Association for Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). You can read more about the core competencies here.




What is the certification process?


Completion of our Duke-UNC TTS course fulfills the training requirement for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP), and we will provide you with appropriate documentation following your completion of the training. Certification as a NCTTP also requires passing an examination, which is administered by NAADAC, and completion of direct client service hours. Please visit the NAADAC website for additional information about the national certificate, or contact Yao Kouassi at ykouassi@naadac.org.




Do I get CME/CEU/CE credit for the course?


Participants who complete training and register for Continuing Medical Education will receive 27.75 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 27.75 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.




What does the course curriculum cover?


Our comprehensive TTS training course covers a wide range of topics including: population-based tobacco use data and policy history, culture, and context; evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic and behavioral interventions; treatment planning; relapse prevention; targeted skills in tobacco use disorder counseling; relapse prevention; practical guidance on running a practice; and much more. Click here to see a sample agenda of our four-day interactive training.




How much does the TTS course cost?


The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program cost is $1,100. This fee includes the 4-day on-site course, lunch and coffee/beverages during the training, a comprehensive training manual and workbook, and application and CME processing fees. There are additional fees due to NAADAC for individuals wishing to become certified; please see the NAADAC site for more information. We do have partial scholarships available to participants who work in a setting that targets underserved or vulnerable populations (e.g. a community health center, health department, behavioral health facility, AHEC, etc.) AND commit to supporting or providing tobacco treatment services to clients in such settings. These scholarships reduce the tuition to $800. Please contact us regarding scholarships if you have questions.





Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program  |  2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705  |  cttsprogram@duke.edu  |  919.668.5042