Cancer registrars are data information specialists who collect and report cancer statistics. Cancer registrars capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S.
Cancer registrars collect the data that provides 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.
- Identify cases
- Manage the cancer registry database
- Ensure data completeness
- Comply with standards
- Analyze and present data
- Run customized reports
- Inform community needs assessments
- Track patient survival data
Most registrars work for hospitals or central cancer registries.
Why Choose Cancer Information Management?
- The program is 100% online and was created with the working adult in mind.
- Work behind the scenes in the healthcare system without having direct patient care.
- Serve as a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer.
- The Southwest Tech Cancer Information Management program is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
- NCRA CTR Certification website: NCRA CTR Certification.
- NCRA Accreditation for the Advanced Technical Certificate program has been submitted.
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Is This Program for You?
Students entering the Cancer Information Management program should:
- Be interested in working in health care, but not directly with patients.
- Be detail oriented.
- Have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers.
- Enjoy working with professionals: physicians, nurses, lawyers, administrators and executives.
- Have a strong knowledge of medical terminology.
- Employ good critical thinking and communication skills.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- All courses offered online allowing for 100% flexibility.
- Financial aid is available to those that qualify
- Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course of the program curriculum to be eligible to progress
- Some credits transferrable for a Bachelor's degree in Health Information Management
- Curriculum & Costs
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
- Admissions Meeting: After applying and submitting transcripts, make an admissions meeting with the advisor by clicking "Make an appointment" in the Advisor block on this page.
Requirements for Online Students
Chromebooks are not compatible with some testing features within Schoology (our Learning Management System). Southwest Tech recommends not to use Chromebooks for classes.
Cable/broadband/DSL internet with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. You can test your local internet speed at www.speedtest.net. Run this test from the location you will be working from.
Higher bandwidth and speed will greatly assist you in your online learning environment, so where possible, a faster internet speed is recommended. Cable internet tend to be faster than DSL or 4G wireless, although DSL or 4G wireless may also work depending on other factors. Your computer, other software (such as anti spyware), other users on the system, and system configurations can all influence your ultimate line speed. Many instructors use videos as a part of their instruction, as well as synchronous meeting times (Skype, Adobe Connect, etc). Having an acceptable internet connection speed will be important to your success.
Convenient access to a computer that has one of the following current versions of Internet Browsers:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- An active e-mail account (all Southwest Tech students are issued a free email account)
- Word processing software (Microsoft Word is the recommended word processing software at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College). Free Microsoft Office software is available to all Southwest Tech students at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office
- Availability of 10-15 hours per week for each 3-credit course
- Self-motivation and self-discipline
Helpful Academic Background
- Keyboarding and basic computer skills
- Biological Sciences
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the cancer program organization's structure, operations and functions including Cancer Conference, Cancer Committee and Commission on Cancer.
- Define the standard setters, agencies and organizations involved in cancer data abstraction and data standardization, as well as their responsibilities.
- Apply fundamental concepts of the oncology disease process incorporating diagnostic and staging procedures (lab, imaging, surgery and pathology) and treatment modalities (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy) with an emphasis of major cancer sites.
- Analyze documentation to identify and report neoplasms, patient demographics, code diagnostic findings and cancer information including primary site, histology, stage and treatment.
- Monitor and maintain case abstraction through annual lifetime follow up for treatment, recurrence, cancer status and patient status for outcome information.
- Conduct statistical analysis and prepare data presentations related to epidemiology, incidence, quality measures and survival outcomes.
Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam with the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) .
- Career Opportunities
Individuals with the CTR credential will qualify for employment in:
- Hospital cancer programs
- Cancer treatment centers
- Oncology physician group practices
- Military and Veterans Administration hospitals
- State and federal cancer registries
- Companies providing cancer registry software
- Contract cancer registry service providers
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
Cancer Information Management Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course TitleChallenge Exam
10-501-101 Medical Terminology Available online 10-501-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare 10-530-117 Cancer Registry Management Practicum Requires CTR Credential and approval of instructor 10-530-118 CTR Prep CTR Credentials 10-530-161 Health Quality Management 10-530-162 Foundations of HIM 10-530-164 Intro to Health Informatics 10-530-178 Healthcare Law & Ethics 10-801-195 Written Communication College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method. 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 10-809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology CLEP Test - Introduction to Psychology