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Become a Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Who should get trained?

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) are professionals who possesses the skills, knowledge and training to provide evidence-based tobacco treatment. This training program is a great opportunity for professional development and to help your organization learn about reimbursement when treating tobacco dependence. Health care professionals who educate others (health care professionals, administrators, smokers, non-smokers) about tobacco dependence are encouraged to attend, including:

  • Health Educators
  • Social Workers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Substance Addictions Treatment Providers
  • NPs/RNs/LPNs
  • Administrators
  • Physicians or Physician Assistants
  • and many other health professionals

Participants must be tobacco-free for six months prior to attending core training.

Is this training accredited by Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP)?

Yes. The TTS training provided by KU Medical Center is in collaboration with the University of Massachusett’s (UMASS) accredited program. The UMASS TTS training program is the oldest TTS training program in the United States, founded in 1999.  

Can I get CEUs for becoming a TTS?

Yes. For more information on specific professions, please, go to:

A certificate of completion is issued upon finishing the TTS Core Exam (Element 3). This provides you with 22.5 hours of general continuing education credit.

How will TTS impact my profession?

TTS training is a great opportunity for professional development.  TTS professionals gain skills and knowledge to provide evidence-based tobacco treatment to their patients. For non-providers, this training can be used to help your organization learn about reimbursement when treating tobacco dependence as well as the benefits of offering tobacco treatment in your clinic.

What if I move after becoming a TTS?

There are TTS professionals across the world! Staying connected to our team is recommended so you can continue developing your TTS skill sets. Our funding is focused on those who provide service to Kansas residents, so we train providers who are not planning to relocate.

Last modified: Sep 16, 2019
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