Quality cancer data is central to the nation’s fight against this disease, and cancer registrars are the first link in capturing that data. The online Cancer Registry Management certificate program at Andrew College is designed to provide the educational background you need to work and obtain certification in this growing field.

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 provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs.

Students completing the program will receive a Certificate of Cancer Registry Management and will be eligible to sit for the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) provided they also have an Associate’s Degree or the equivalent in other college course work.

The online Certificate of Cancer Registry Management is a 24 semester hour program and may be completed in as little as one year, assuming full-time enrollment and the completion of pre-requisite requirements. The program also may be completed on a part-time basis and students taking a minimum of 6 semester hours may be eligible for financial assistance.

Licensure Information

The Associate of Science degree in Cancer Registry Management (CRM) is designed to lead professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of Cancer Registry Management.  Before enrolling in the Associate of Science in CRM,  students are encouraged to consult the rules and regulations regarding licensure and/or certification in their particular state, and nationally as required by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).  Graduation in this program does not guarantee licensure/certification in all states or jurisdictions.  Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation.  Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding any prerequisites for licensure as outlined by either their particular state or by the NCRA.

Licensure Requirements

Both the Associate of Science in Cancer Registry Management and the Certificate Program in Cancer Registry Management curriculum plans meet the requirements for licensure or certification in all 50 states of the United States.

If at any time, a determination is made that the curriculum does not meet the licensure requirements in a State, the institution will provide notice to that effect to the student prior to the student’s enrollment in the program.  If the student is already enrolled in a program and a determination is made that the curriculum does not meet the licensure requirements in a State, the institution must provide notice to that effect to the student within 14 calendar days of making such determination.

Students should make note of the following:

  • State and/or national regulations regarding licensure opportunities if an application has a previous felony conviction.
  • State and/or national regulations regarding the type and number of academic courses and practicum/internship hours.
  • The state and/or national requirements for educational institutions.

For further information regarding certification and/or licensure, please contact the National Cancer Registrars Association at www.ncra-usa.org

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(Must be completed prior to formal entry into the program; may be transferred in or completed online through Andrew College)

  • BIO 123 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 124 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BUS 153 Computers in Healthcare
  • CRM 105 Medical Terminology
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First Semester

  • Cancer Registry Structure and Management
  • Cancer Registry Operations
  • Cancer Disease Coding and Staging
  • Oncology Treatment and Coding
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Second Semester

  • Follow-up, Data Quality and Utilization
  • Abstracting Methods
  • Clinical Practicum (180 clock hours)

For more information on the Cancer Registry Management program, please contact Paulette Zinkann at paulettezinkann@andrewcollege.edu.