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  • 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 (TTS) 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.
  • 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 prerequisite 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 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 interactive training.
  • What is the process for national certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist?
    Completion of our Duke-UNC TTS course fulfills the training requirement for participants who wish to earn national recognition as a tobacco treatment specialist. As of September 2023, two new pathways to national recognition are in process. We will update this page as more information becomes available. In the meantime, please monitor the following two sites to learn more about each pathway to determine which is the best one for your individual needs. American Heart Association Tobacco Treatment Professional: https://www.heart.org/en/professional/quality-improvement/healthcare-certification National Certificate in Nicotine and Tobacco Treatment (NCNTT) via NAADAC: https://www.naadac.org/ncntt
  • Do I get CME/CEU/CE credit for the course?
    In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Participants who complete the comprehensive TTS training and register through Duke Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) will receive up to 30 hours of CE. CE credits are applicable to physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, nurses, educators, and others. Please Note: Licensure requirements vary by profession and state. We always recommend that you inquire with your own licensing board BEFORE completing the course If you have questions about whether our credit will be accepted. Participants will receive instructions to receive their CE credit at the conclusion of the TTS course.
  • How much does the TTS course cost? Tell me about discounts and scholarships!
    Course Fees: The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program cost is $1,300. This fee includes online access to the TTS course portal (for access to self-paced course content), 4 virtual (synchronous) course sessions, a comprehensive training manual, 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. Partial Scholarships: We offer partial scholarships 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 are also available for full time students pursuing a degree in a public, behavioral, or medical healthcare-related field. These $300 scholarships reduce the tuition to $1,000. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will indicate that during the registration process, describe your eligibility, and the scholarship discount will be applied to your total before you complete payment. Please contact us regarding scholarships if you have questions. Early Bird Discount: Register early to receive a $150 tuition discount off full tuition. Deadlines vary by training. Early Bird discount is not applicable for participants who receive a partial scholarship. The Early Bird discount is not available for 1-day intensive trainings.
  • How do I claim my CE credit certificate?
    Please visit this page to view instructions on how to claim your CE credit certificate.
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