Cancer Registry Management

Cancer Registry Management
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What is Cancer Registry Management?

Cancer registrars are data information specialists who record and capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the US. This data 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.

Cancer Registry Program Overview

  • Complete the program 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Fully accredited by the NCRA (one of very few online options)
  • Six different start dates to choose from
  • Flexible scheduling options (for classes and professional practicum)
  • Faculty members are leading industry experts
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio and high levels of personal interaction

Cancer Registry Program Highlights

  • UC’s Cancer Registry Certificate (CRM) is one of very few NCRA® accredited programs offered 100% online.
  • UC’s CRM program prepares students for the Oncology Data Specialist (ODS) exam (formerly known as CTR)*.
  • UC’s CRM students have access to CRStar®, the industry’s leading software used in 300+ hospital oncology programs.
  • UC’s CRM students seeking internships are given exclusive access to UC’s national healthcare network.
  • Technical Certification Exam Reimbursement: eligible students may receive full or partial reimbursement for various technical certification exam fees (including ODS)*






The benefits of attending an NCRA-accredited program include:

  • ODS Credential – NCRA accreditation ensures students who successfully earn their cancer registrar certificate have fulfilled the eligibility requirements to take the Oncology Data Specialist (ODS®) exam.
  • Superior Quality – NCRA accreditation indicates the CRM program meets the educational standards set by the National Association that represents over 6,500 cancer registry professionals around the world.
  • Exclusive Access & Valuable Resources – NCRA provides valuable resources and support including access to NCRA’s job bank to help students identify clinical placements to complete practicum hours.

*Please note, the following courses are required to sit for the Oncology Data Specialist (ODS®) exam:

  • Medical Terminology (HCMT1001)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL1015)
  • Human Disease (ALH1015C)
  • Pharmacology (HCMT2000)
  • Healthcare Applications (HCMT2015C)

*The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA®) and its Council on Certification have updated the name of the CTR® (Certified Tumor Registrar) credential to ODS® (Oncology Data Specialist) to better align with the evolving scope of practice and current professional practice terminology. More information is available on NCRA’s website (

Program Outcomes

  • Accurate abstraction of valuable information for uniform data collection.
  • Manage local, state, and/or national level cancer registry programs.
  • Assist healthcare professionals in gathering, organizing, and analyzing cancer-related research.
  • Gather, organize, and provide information to improve cancer prevention efforts.

Is a Certificate in Cancer Registry Right for Me?

Do you have a desire to make a real difference and improve patient care by providing vital information to healthcare providers regarding patients undergoing cancer treatment? If so, then UC’s online cancer registrar certificate program is the perfect choice for you.

Cancer registrars work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, central or state cancer registries, accrediting organizations, government agencies, software vendors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance agencies, and more. Working remotely is also a growing trend for cancer registrars, and many registrars work for outsourcing companies hired by hospitals across the country – with some registrars working for hospitals in numerous states.

Highly-Lucrative Career Options

Career opportunities are plentiful for students graduating with a Cancer Registry Management Certificate. Demand for technical healthcare services is rapidly increasing as the population ages (requiring more tests, procedures, etc.).

Many cancer registrars say they chose the career because of their desire to help others and to do something that would truly make a difference in healthcare. Cancer registrars help improve the quality of life for cancer patients around the globe. Their contributions are essential for accurate diagnoses which is the only way to ensure patients are receiving the best treatment possible.

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