Certificate of Cancer Registry Management

Cancer Registry Management



Andrew College is pleased to offer the following Allied Health Programs:

•    Associate of Science in Cancer Registry Management
•    Certificate of Cancer Registry Management

What is a Cancer Registrar?
Quality cancer data is central in the fight against this disease, and cancer registrars are the first link in capturing this data.  Cancer registrars serve as data information specialists, most frequently working in hospitals.  Professionals in the field forward the mission of capturing a complete history, diagnosis, treatment and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S.  The data provides essential information to healthcare providers, research staff and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatment, conduct research and improve cancer screening and prevention programs.

Our Mission:
The Mission of the Cancer Registry Management Program at Andrew College is to maintain a high-quality education and training to a diverse population of students for lives of servant leadership, and to fulfill a need in the community and throughout the country for credentialed cancer registry professionals.  

Obtaining the cancer registry certification (CTR) requires an Associate Degree (in any field).  Andrew College offers both an Associate Degree of Science with a concentration in Cancer Registry Management, as well as a Certificate Program for those who have previously completed a degree.  The Cancer Registry Program is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon mastery of the course materials, the student will be able to:
•    Describe the process of data collection and abstracting of data
•    Explain tasks that are to be completed in a cancer registry; including operations and functions, cancer conferences and cancer committee meetings
•    Apply and monitor confidentiality and security measures to protect person health information both electronically and in paper form, using software and hardware technology
•    Discuss the legal and ethical aspects of the cancer registry
•    Extrapolate, abstract and analyze data for statistical purposes
•    Explain the differences between hospital-based and population-based registry procedures
•    Express and describe the Standards necessary to be in compliance with the Commission on Cancer (CoC) regulations governing an approved cancer program
•    Understand the Domains of the Certified Cancer Registrar (CTR) exam and how each Domain applies to one another
•    Complete the required clock hours of clinical practicum under the direct supervision of a CTR
•    Demonstrate appropriate skills in critical thinking, skills in time management, skills in interpersonal communication and technical skills necessary to competently understand the duties of a cancer registrar in various cancer settings

Admission Requirements:
1.    Completed application to the Cancer Registry Management Program by the application deadline
2.    Provide copies of unofficial transcripts from previously attended schools and/or institutions
3.    Acceptance of admission to Andrew College
4.    Completing of Learning Support Requirements
5.    For the Certificate Program, prerequisites must be completed prior to formal entry into the program .  These 4 prerequisites are:
•    Medical Terminology
•    Anatomy and Physiology, I (with labs)
•    Anatomy and Physiology II (with labs)
•    Computers in Healthcare
6.  GPA of 2.5 or above from high school and/or on all college work
7.  Record of current immunizations
8.  Criminal background check
9.  Drug screening
10. Liability insurance (available through the National Cancer Registrars Association)

Cancer Registry Curriculum Map (Associate Degree)
Cancer Registry Management Curriculum Map (Certificate)
Cancer Registry Management Application
Cancer Registry Management Handbook


Paulette ZinkannPaulette M. Zinkann, CTR
Cancer Registry Management Program Director
Assistant Professor of the CRM Program


[1] For the Certificate Program all prerequisites must completed within five (5) years of admission with a grade of “C” or higher

[1] Our clinical partners have the right to deny placement to any student. Students with criminal findings on the background check and/or a positive drug screen who are denied clinical placement will not be able to complete the program and will be withdrawn.