Tobacco Treatment Specialist Graduate Certificate Admissions

The Tobacco Treatment Specialist graduate certificate begins in fall semesters, and the program admission deadline is no later one month prior to the start of the fall semester. 

Cost per credit is dependent upon student residency and full-time/part-time status.  University of Kentucky tuition and fees schedules can be found here.

*Please note: The BREATHE Tobacco Treatment Specialist training is embedded in this graduate certificate. The training is accredited through August, 2022 by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs ( Upon completion of the three certificate courses, participants will earn a training certificate - the initial requirement for obtaining the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP). Additional requirements for the national certificate include a standardized, multiple choice exam and evidence documenting 240 hours of tobacco treatment practice experience following the completion of training. The national certificate is not a requirement for providing tobacco treatment services. For more about the national certificate, see:

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 grading scale
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita 
  • Supplemental Tobacco Treatment Certificate program application
  • Admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School

The Graduate School Application

All Tobacco Treatment Certificate applicants are required to be enrolled in the UK Graduate School. Find the Graduate School online application here if not currently enrolled. 

The University of Kentucky Graduate School is now part of the Hobson’s ApplyYourself Application Network, a system used by more than 700 colleges and universities that provides the opportunity to submit all application requirements via an online system. This includes an electronic process for uploading copies of unofficial transcripts and other documents. The system allows candidates to monitor their application status and view receipt of supplemental materials.

A non-refundable fee is required for each application to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. The application cannot be submitted without payment of this fee.

ApplyYourself Application Process

Through the ApplyYourself Application Network: First you must set up a new account and establish a user name and password. Do not lose this information; you will need it if you wish to return to continue an unfinished application or review a completed application. Read this entire page regarding the process and requirements before you establish your new application.

NOTE:  for individuals currently enrolled in a University of Kentucky graduate school program you will need to use a different email to create a new account for the certificate application created in ApplyYourself.

To complete the ApplyYourself application, you will first need to gather several pieces of information, including the following:

A. Unofficial Transcripts
The ApplyYourself application requires all applicants to upload unofficial transcripts of ALL previous colleges and universities they have attended; this includes the University of Kentucky. Failure to upload unofficial transcripts will result in an inability to complete and submit the online application.

To obtain a University of Kentucky transcript (unofficial or official) go to the registrar’s website for instructions:
(scroll all the way down for instructions on “unofficial transcripts.”)

B. Official Transcripts
If you are offered admission and subsequently enroll in graduate school at the University of Kentucky, you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. Transcripts uploaded as part of the online process are NOT considered to be official. Official transcripts must be received by the University of Kentucky in a sealed envelope.

C. Test Scores
TOEFL or IELTS Scores: All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores as part of the online application.
TOEFL scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the TOEFL for UK Graduate School is R1837.

IELTS scores should be sent directly to us from the International English Language Testing Service specifying the University of Kentucky Graduate School, Lexington, Kentucky, as the recipient institution.

For the Graduate School and the College of Nursing, the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.


Supplemental Application Requirements for the Tobacco Treatment Graduate Certificate program.  

These materials must also be up-loaded as part of the complete online application process:

A.      Resume/Curriculum Vitae(CV):  CV should include education, licensures, certifications, work experience, honors and awards, and any publications or presentations of which you were author or coauthor.

B.      TTG Certificate Supplemental application:  

Supplemental TTG Certificate application form


Questions? Contact Dr. Audrey Darville at or 859-323-4222