*students who have not yet taken the NCRA-required courses can still enroll in the program; contact your enrollment advisor for more information
Students will also be required to complete professional practicum hours (clinicals) before graduation. Clinical practice provides students with valuable, hands-on experience in cancer registry operations and compliments the knowledge gained during the academic portion of the program. The University of Cincinnati, in partnership with UC Health, are part of an extensive network of healthcare professionals and partnered with numerous professional practice facilities across the U.S. Program Director(s), Faculty and Staff will assist students in locating and securing a nearby practice facility.
Healthcare Applications and Computer Skills
One of the courses required for all Cancer Registry Management (CRM) students is HCMT 2015 (Healthcare Applications). Students need proficient computer skills to succeed in the CRM program, pass the NCRA examination, and to be a successful worker in today’s healthcare industry. That is why, upon enrolling into CRM, all admitted students are expected to take a Computer Skills Test. This test will allow students to assess their knowledge of computer programs and systems they will use every day in the cancer registry field.
Students that do not score an 80% or above on the Computer Skills Test are strongly encouraged to enroll in BIT 1013C (Introduction to Software Applications). Students that pass BIT 1013C will be more likely to succeed in HCMT 2015. BIT 1013C will give students a more comprehensive overview of computer programs that will be explored in more detail in HCMT 2015.
Students that have transfer credit for three (3) credit hours of BIT 1013C with a C- or higher will be exempt from the Computer Skills Test. Students that have transfer credit for three (3) credit hours of HCMT 2015 will also be exempt from the Computer Skills Test and from retaking HCMT 2015.
This course provides an introduction to the cancer registry and the cancer registrar profession. It will include the types of registries; central and hospital based legal and ethical standards, cancer registry management functions and operations. Emphasis will be placed on standard setting organizations.
Introduction to disease registry files, principles of abstracting, data set identification and case ascertainment. Will focus on the Commission on Cancer, Cancer Program Standards as well as cancer committee, cancer conferences and quality monitoring.
An overview of oncology coding and staging systems (ICD-O-3, SSS2k, AJCC, CSv2, the MP/H rules and the Hematopoietic DM/Manual) Focus on coding clinical information from medical records; staging and extent of disease concepts used by physicians and cancer surveillance organizations; the rules used to determine the number of primaries; and CSv2 for coding extent of disease
An overview of the historical development of coding systems and staging schemas will be reviewed. This course focuses on recognized coding and staging systems including: ICD-0-3 Classification of Diseases, Multiple Primary and Histology Rules, AJCC Staging, Collaborative Staging, SEER Summary Staging, FORDS coding manual and other recognized coding standards and principles and practices of use in abstracting cancer data from the clinical record.
Identification and selection of appropriate clinical information from medical records for capture on the abstract in a manner consistent with cancer registry regulatory core data requirements. Manual quality control edits of abstracted information to assure timeliness, completeness and accuracy of data.
The focus of this course is to examine follow-up methodology and processes used to obtain follow-up cancer information regarding disease status, recurrence information, subsequent treatment and development of subsequent primary cancers. The use of follow-up information within the cancer registry and healthcare organization is also reviewed.
Introduction to cancer statistics, internal and external reporting requirements, annual report preparation, use of comparative databases in data analysis, participation in special studies, presentation of cancer registry data, usefulness of statistical cancer data in a healthcare organization.
This is the first of two clinical practicum classes. This course is a practicum in cancer registry operations for hands-on experience in all aspects of registry organization and operation. Supervised clinical experience in performing NCRA-required cancer information management competencies in an actual registry setting. Hours: 80.non paid.
This is the continuation of Cancer Registry Clinical II. This course is a practicum in cancer registry operations for hands-on experience in all aspects of registry organization and operation. Supervised clinical experience in performing NCRA-required cancer information management competencies in an actual registry setting. Hours: 80 (non-paid).
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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Classes are asynchronous, some classes are in a 7-week format some are in a 14-week format. You can log on anytime 24/7 to complete your coursework. Some, but not all tests are proctored using exam proctoring software.
No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.
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