AHIMA and the National Cancer Association Registrar Association (NCRA) collaborated to create online learning to enhance opportunities for burgeoning cancer registrars, and to help students become eligible to sit for NCRA's Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification* exam. It’s important to know that in 2015, facilities accredited by the Commission on Cancer (COC) require all cancer case abstracting be performed by a CTR.
Develop Skills in a Respected, High-Tech Profession
Cancer registrars are data information specialists who capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the US. The 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 registrars manage and analyze clinical cancer data. Responsibilities include:
Study Online to Become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)
The NCRA AHIMA Cancer Registry Management (CRM) Program is an NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Certificate program. The online program allows students to tailor training based on their schedules and offers online support for content-related and technical questions. Aspiring cancer registrars can complete the full program for a structured and thorough introduction to the profession. Current healthcare practitioners can obtain the education needed to include cancer registry among their skills.
Upon completion of the program, a graduate of AHIMA’s Cancer Registry Management program can:
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The NCRA AHIMA Cancer Registry Management (CRM) Program is an NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Certificate program. The web-based program allows students to tailor training based on their schedules and offers online support for content-related and technical questions. Aspiring cancer registrars can complete the full program for a structured and thorough introduction to the profession. Current healthcare practitioners can obtain the education needed to include cancer registry among their skills.
Upon completion of the program, a graduate of AHIMA’s Cancer Registry Management program will be able to:
The Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry. It is nationally recognized in the recruitment and retention of registry personnel. NCRA’s certification board—the Council on Certification—develops and administers the CTR exam.
NCRA’s Council on Certification offers three eligibility routes to take the CTR Exam.
For information on the CTR Exam, including details on upcoming exam dates, eligibility routes, and to download the CTR Exam Handbook & Application, visit ctrexam.org.
Students may purchase CRM courses through the AHIMA webstore.
The Cancer Registry Management program is a series of online courses designed for individuals interested in cancer registry. Cancer registrars possess the clinical and technical knowledge and skills necessary to maintain components of the disease-related data collection systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements of the healthcare delivery system.
Cancer Registry Management (CRM) students must have a minimum of an associate degree or its equivalent (60 credit hours) before beginning the CRM program. In addition, the CRM program requires the completion of four prerequisite courses. The four prerequisite courses can be taken with AHIMA and are available for purchase on the AHIMA webstore.
If you have completed the prerequisite courses at a college, university, or other educational program and can provide transcripts showing a grade of “C” or better, you do not need to take them again through AHIMA. Transcripts do not need to be provided to AHIMA. Submit your transcripts to the National Cancer Registrars Association’s Council on Certification when applying to sit for the Certified Tumor Registrar exam.
Anatomy and Physiology
This course provides an overview to the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of the major anatomical structures and function including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system through the life span.
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
This course emphasizes the disease processes affecting the human body via an integrated approach to specific disease entities including the study of causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and an understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology.
Computer Basics in Healthcare
This course offers a general overview of computers and the Internet and the role each has played in healthcare and will play in the future. Students learn the basics of hardware and software and gain a general understanding of the most commonly used applications. Online tools used by AHIMA, such as the Communities of Practice and the Body of Knowledge, are explored, as well as the various applications used in the teaching of online courses.
This course covers medical terminology, symbols, and abbreviations, and the application of this new language in the field of healthcare. While terms are covered as they relate to body structure and function, the focus is on medical vocabulary and being able to construct terms using word parts such as roots, suffixes, and prefixes.
AHIMA’s Cancer Registry Management program consists of six (6) specialty courses.
Once a student launches a course, it is open to the student for 365 days. We recommend that students take one CRM specialty course at a time in the order they are presented. The courses are built on degree of difficulty, which means learning from courses one through three is necessary to successfully complete course four. Courses are broken down into modules, and modules are broken down into lessons. Students should expect to spend at least two to three hours per week, per lesson.
Specialty Group 1
Specialty Group 2
Note: Required textbooks are not included with course registration and must be purchased separately.
Specialty Group 1 Courses
Cancer Registry Structure and Management
Cancer Registry Operations
Cancer Disease, Coding and Staging
Specialty Group 2 Courses
A clinical practicum is the last step of the NCRA-accredited Cancer Registry Management (CRM) Certificate Program through AHIMA. Students do not begin the clinical hours until all the courses in the certificate program have been successfully completed. The NCRA-AHIMA CRM Program is self-directed. As such, students are responsible for their own learning and for finding a facility where they can complete practicum activities. NCRA and/or AHIMA do not place students in facilities for clinical practicums. For more information and tips to get started with a facility search, see the NCRA Cancer Registry Management Certificate Program Clinical Practicum Guide.
Oncology Treatment and Coding
Follow-up, Data Quality and Utilization
Clinical Practicum Guide