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Cancer Registry Management (AAS.MCR)

What is Cancer Registry?

Cancer registration is an important and fundamental tool in cancer control. A cancer registry has been defined as a system for the collection, storage, analysis, and interpretation of data on persons with cancer, within a healthcare facility or group of healthcare facilities. A population-based cancer registry collects the data from many healthcare facilities in a defined geographic area and can serve to show incidence trends for cancer of different sites over time or between population subdivisions. It can provide data to assess the effects of different types of treatments over time and to evaluate the effects of early detection programs, such as mammography or colorectal screening. Cancer registry data can be used for epidemiologic studies to direct resources for screening programs, and for education. Data from cancer registries can be helpful in assessing the need for new hospital construction, equipment, and staff. The medical community and the public may use registry data to pinpoint locations of facilities for cancer care.

Cancer registrars are data management experts who report cancer statistics for various healthcare agencies. Registrars work closely with physicians, administrators, researchers, and health care 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.

CTR to AAS Option

If you have a CTR credential and want to get an associate degree:

  • Complete all required general education courses
  • Complete all required (non-MCR) program courses
  • Challenge exams for all MCR program courses
    • Complete Institutional Credit by Exam Request
    • $25 per credit for EACH exam ($75 for most)
    • Take challenge examination for each course you want to challenge
    • Pass with a 70% or higher (course will be accepted and applied to your transcript as a transfer)

Clinical Requirement

  • MCR 220 Cancer Registry Clinical I
  • MCR 221 Cancer Registry Clinical II

Accepted students in the MCR Program who hold a CTR credential may petition to the Academic Program Director to accept the credential in lieu of completing the courses.

  • Students must submit a letter to the Director requesting the credential be accepted in lieu of the course
  • Submit a copy of the CTR certificate
  • Submit a copy of the most recent credential validation certificate
    • If accepted, course will be listed on your transcript as a transfer
    • If accepted, the Criminal History Background Check requirement will be waived

Credentials for the Cancer Registrar

The Cancer Registry Management Program prepares the individual for the National Cancer Registrar Associations Certified Tumor Registrar exam.

Program Requirements

Official transcripts from other colleges must be sent to the RCBC admissions office and courses must be reflected on your RCBC transcript to be accepted for the MCR Program.

Course Number

Description

Format

Credits

 

General Education Courses

 

 

ENG101

College Composition I

DL/F-F

3

SPE102

Public Speaking

DL/F-F

3

PSY101

Psychology I (required)

DL/F-F

3

MTH107

Statistics

DL/F-F

3

CIS161

Computer Applications

DL/F-F

3

BIO110

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture)

DL/F-F

3

BIO111

Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)

F-F

1

BIO114

Fund. Of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)

DL/F-F

3

 

Program Courses

 

 

BIO115

Fund. Of Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)

F-F

1

ENG106

Business Communications

DL/F-F

3

HIT103

Legal Aspects of Health Information

DL

3

HIT105

Medical Terminology

DL/F-F

2

HIT115

Pathology

DL

3

HIT116

Pharmacology

DL

2

HIT219

Healthcare Information Systems

DL

4

MCR101

Cancer Registry Structure and Management

DL

3

MCR104

Cancer Registry Operations

DL

3

MCR111

Cancer Registry Disease Coding and Staging

DL

3

MCR114

Oncology and Coding

DL

3

MCR201

Abstracting Methods

DL

3

MCR204

Follow up, Data Quality & Utilization

DL

3

MCR211

Multiple Primary Histology & Hematopoietics

DL

3

MCR220

Cancer Registry Clinical I (90 hours)

**

2

MCR221

Cancer Registry Clinical II (90 hours)

**

2

       
TOTAL     65

*Curriculum is subject to change. The department will make every effort to keep students aware of changes as they occur.

**Revised 2-11-2014

**Students can opt to take MCR220 in the Fall semester and MCR221 in the Spring or take both MCR220 and MCR221 together in either Fall or Spring.

Rowan College at Burlington County reserves the right to change course schedule information, including instructor names, at any time as may be warranted by economic considerations, insufficient enrollments, and/or circumstances requiring such administrative action.