Tobacco Treatment Training Program

About the program

The Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program (CTTTP) fills a need in the Mountain State, which has one of the highest tobacco use rates in the nation. The goal is to train healthcare providers to treat tobacco use and dependence with evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies that providers take back to the communities they serve.

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are trained to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities. Specialists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, community health centers, medical and dental practices, educational settings, social service agencies, treatment centers, quit lines, mental health centers. In addition to providing treatment, specialists educate others about tobacco dependence treatments.

Part of our curriculum

The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs  granted accreditation to West Virginia University's dental school where trainers began offering certification courses in 2018. 

The CTTTP strategies are now integrated within dental, dental hygiene, pharmacy and physician assistant curricula at West Virginia University. Members of the dental hygiene and physician assistant classes of 2022 were the first students to graduate as certified tobacco treatment specialists.

Earning a badge

A square gray badge features a no-tobacco use image, a blue flying WVU and the words Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Pursue a micro-credential in treating tobacco-use addiction and be eligible for a WVU Badge. 

A micro-credential and WVU Tobacco Treatment Badge are components to show patients, employers, students and others you have invested additional time beyond your degree to learn specific skills in tobacco cessation and treatment of tobacco and nicotine addiction. 

Upon completing the required criteria, you can tout your tobacco-use treatment skills by displaying your badge on social media sites, performance evaluations and resumes. It is another element to set yourself apart from other job candidates or colleagues.

The micro-credential course is not just for School of Dentistry students. The following can also pursue the special training. Click each title for micro-credential criteria. 

Learn more about course outcomes on the tobacco treatment specialist badge page

Learn more about the overall WVU badge program.

Continuing education courses

The School of Dentistry and the West Virginia University Office of Interprofessional Education coordinate training sessions for professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, social work, pharmacy, nursing and public health to learn how to collaboratively offer tobacco cessation solutions for users.

This Tobacco Treatment Training Program is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, counselors, other health care providers and educators encountering tobacco-using patients and clients/clients/students seeking abstinence.

Prerequisites and certification

Prerequisites for the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) program include an associate degree and licensure or certificate in a healthcare profession. CTTTP consists of a minimum of 24 hours of education which utilizes case-based discussions, interactive lectures, problem solving, role playing, and a written final comprehensive examination.

Every two years, TTSs must take 16 hours of tobacco related continuing education credit to maintain their certification. As a certified TTS, they will use evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies to assist their patients and clients to quit tobacco use.

Training goals

Throughout the Tobacco Treatment Training Program, lectures, role playing and case presentations are utilized to discuss pharmacological and counseling interventions with patients interested in tobacco cessation. 

Participants who complete the WVU School of Dentistry's Tobacco Treatment Training Program can

  • understand the science behind tobacco addiction, nicotine withdrawal symptoms and effective tobacco use treatments.
  • inform patients and clients about the consequences of tobacco use.
  • develop individualized treatment plans.
  • provide effective treatment for all tobacco and nicotine use.
  • track patient progress and measure outcomes.
  • educate others healthcare providers and the public about tobacco treatment issues.