Cancer Registry Management Program fully accredited

Rochester Community and Technical College’s new Cancer Registry Management certificate received full accreditation by the National Cancer Registry Association (NCRA). RCTC is among only six colleges in the nation to offer a certificate program in cancer registry management.

This is very exciting for RCTC to receive full accreditation for the new Cancer Registry Management certificate program, said Christine Bushaw, RCTC Health Information Management instructor.

The Cancer Registry Management certificate will be offered completely online starting this fall semester and is the fourth option in RCTC’s Health Information Management Career programs. These four options include Health Information Technology A. A. S. degree; Coding Specialist diploma; Healthcare Informatics certificate; and the new Cancer Registry Management certificate. All four programs are offered completely online which attracts students from around the United States.

Bushaw notes, ‘students who have completed the Health Information Technology (HIT) program have already met all of the requirements to take the new Cancer Registry Management program. In addition, individuals with a minimum of an Associate’s degree in any field can enter the program by meeting five prerequisite courses.

Cancer registry professionals are needed in hospital-based and central cancer registries throughout the United States. In addition to managing and reporting cancer data, registrars serve in other professional roles. Since the passage of the Cancer Registries Amendment Act in 1992, the number of central cancer registries has increased dramatically, and health care facilities and physicians are required to report their cancer cases. Due to limited educational opportunities, there are not enough cancer registry professionals available to fill positions in this rapidly growing field.

The RCTC Health Information Technology program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in association with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In addition, the Health Information Technology program is accredited as a quality online program by North Central Association.

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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