Cancer Registry Management Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Cancer Registry Management programs are designed for those interested in becoming a cancer registrar.  Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the United States.  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.  Registrars work closely with physicians, administrators, researchers, and healthcare planners to provide support for cancer program development, ensure compliance of reporting standards, and serve as a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer.

Mission statement:
The mission of the Cancer Registry Management program is to provide high-quality education and training to a diverse population of students in order to fulfill a need in our community and throughout the country for credentialed cancer tumor registrar professionals.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply to take the National Cancer Registrars Association exam to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).


The following seven courses are required for the cancer registry management certificate and AAS degree: Cancer Registry Organization, Cancer Registry Operations, Cancer Diseases, Coding and Staging, Oncology Treatment and Coding, Abstracting Methods, Follow-up, Data Quality, and Utilization, Professional Practice/Clinical Practicum.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Cancer Registry Management program offers both a certificate (26 credits) and an Associate in Applied Science.

Program Start Date(s)

Programs can be started when courses start at the beginning of any semester. Some courses may be offered only once a year. Check the RCTC catalog for course availability by semester. Consult your academic advisor for your program of study.

Career Opportunities/Information

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 severe in multiple other professional activities. 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.


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

Rochester Community and Technical College’s AAS and certificate program are fully accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

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Gainful Employment Programs

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Information Cancer Registry Management Cert 26 Overview content updated: 2018-06-01