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2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cancer Information Management Certificate (Owens Code: ZCIC)

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Certificate Program

Degrees Offered:

Advanced Certificate in Cancer Information Management

Campus Offered:


Credits Required: 25

Credentialing Exam:

Graduates are eligible to apply to write the national qualifying examination for certification as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

Program Accreditation:

National Cancer Registrars Association
1340 Braddock Place, Suite 203
Alexandria, VA 22314

Cancer Registrars collect accurate and timely cancer data and report this data to state and federal registries. The data collected is on the occurrence of cancer, the type and site of cancer, the extent of the cancer at the time of diagnosis and the treatment that the patient receives. Core duties of the cancer registrar include case finding, abstracting and follow-up. Key qualifications include experience in medical terminology, skill in computer operations, a strong knowledge base in anatomy and physiology and an understanding of statistics and database management.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will identify cancer registry standard setters and regulating agencies.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of cancer registry organization and operations.
  • Students will identify diagnostic techniques, extent of disease evaluations and cancer treatments.
  • Students will define coding resources and practices utilized in coding cancer diagnosis, extent of disease, treatment and follow-up.
  • Students will analyze structure and components of medical record documents for pertinent, clinical, site-specific cancer information.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of processes of quality assessment of collected data for timelines, completeness and accuracy.
  • Students will define disease-free interval, recurrence, subsequent treatment and development of subsequent primary site of cancer.
  • Students will differentiate sources of follow-up information both internally and externally.
  • Students will demonstrate basic competence in follow-up processes and understanding of disease, subsequent treatment, development of subsequent primary sites of cancer.
  • Students will demonstrate activities of the cancer committee and its role in the healthcare organization.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of analyzed oncology data and potential implications in a healthcare organization as it pertains to standards of care, allocation of resources and impact on public health.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Approved Cancer Program standards and accrediting process.


Required Courses

1st Semester

15 credits

2nd Semester

11 credits

Apply for Certificate

Students registering for their final semester of course work must petition for certificate through their Ozone account.  The Petition for Certificate can be found under Student Quick Links.  Deadlines and fees apply; please visit for petition deadline dates. For additional information, refer to Certificate Requirements Policy under Academic Policies and Procedures  

Cancer Information Management Advanced Certificate Information

Special Admission Requirements

  • Program admission is selective and requires submission of a completed application file that includes a college application, high school transcripts or GED, college transcripts if applicable. Students must have an associate or bachelor’s degree and may be required to take pre-requisite courses to meet admission requirements.
  • The program accepts sections of 22 students once each year for fall semester. Students should submit all official applications, test scores and transcripts. Completed applications are reviewed bi-monthly.
  • All Cancer Information Management courses must be completed within three years of entrance into the certificate program.
  • All students enrolled in the certificate program must achieve a “C” or better in all courses required for this certificate program.
  • Students who earn a “D” or “F” in a Cancer Information Management course will be dismissed from the program and may be re-admitted only one time on a space available basis.  (See Academic Readmission)
  • Applicants who have been dismissed through disciplinary action/s from any other health program at Owens Community College are not eligible to apply.

Non-Academic Readmission


  • Students who leave the program for other than academic reasons may request readmission into the program. This may be granted if there is space available in the program and upon recommendation of the program chair.
  • The Department Chair must be notified in writing of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester of re-admittance.
  • If a student is not enrolled in the program for more than three years from the date of their initial enrollment in the program, cancer information management courses will need to be retaken upon readmission into the program.

Academic Readmission

 A student requesting re-entry after dismissal for academic reasons must complete the following before being reconsidered:

  1. The student must contact the office of Academic Enhancement and Counseling for assistance in the development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.
  2. The following requirements must be included in the academic plan:
    1. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all courses that apply to the student’s chosen major.
    2. The GPA must be a 2.5 or above.
  3. The Department Chair and the Dean must approve the academic plan.
  4. After completion of the above, the Department Chair will review the request for readmission and the student may be re-admitted if there is space available in the program.
  5. No second readmission will be considered.
  6. Readmission time-frame:  If a student is not enrolled in the program for more than three years from the date of their initial enrollment in the program, CIM courses will need to be retaken upon readmission into the program.

Cancer Information Management Clinical Applications

As part of this certificate, students gain supervised, hands-on experience enabling them to gain real work experience. Students will participate in a 160-hour, non-paid clinical application course in an approved cancer registry program. Transportation costs, lab coat, etc., are the responsibility of the student.

A history and physical examination is required for all students before the start of the externship. Students are responsible for any fees occurred as a result of completing the required health form and immunizations.


All students should check for prerequisites for a class before registering.

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