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New Degree Programs: Cybersecurity & Cancer Registry

Burlington County College’s (BCC) Board of Trustees approved two new associate degree programs, cybersecurity and cancer registry management, at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the college’s Willingboro Center. Both programs will launch in fall 2015.

“As the world becomes increasingly dependent upon technology, we are faced with rising numbers of reported security breaches and cyber attacks, which increases the need for professionals skilled in cybersecurity. Burlington County College is happy to help meet that need with its new associate degree program in information assurance and cybersecurity,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “In addition, we are expanding our cancer registry management program to include an associate degree, which will provide more opportunities for students interested in entering this growing and life-saving field.”

Upon degree completion, students studying information assurance and cybersecurity at BCC will have the knowledge and skills required to obtain in-demand industry certifications including the Global Information Assurance Certification Information Security Professional, Security+, Certified Forensics Examiner, Systems Security Certified Practitioner and Certified Ethical Hacker.

 “Information assurance and cyber security experts are needed in every sector,” said Dr. Berna Dike-Anyiam, a Science, Math and Technology Lecturer, who is spearheading the program. “Jobseekers equipped with the skills to protect information infrastructures, mitigate threats and promote a secure cyberspace are especially needed in today’s society.”

BCC’s cancer registry management programs include a certificate, launched in fall 2014 for working professionals in the healthcare industry who possess an associate degree, and now an associate of applied science degree, which provides a more direct path for students who are interested in the program but lack the degree requirement for the certificate program. The programs prepare students to sit for the tumor registry exam and address a shortage of qualified workers in the industry.

“Cancer registrars serve a vital role in helping physicians treat patients and researchers discover new therapies,” said Susan Scully, BCC’s Director of Health Information Technology. “Burlington County College’s new cancer registry management associate degree program, and certificate program, are two of the best ways to achieve a rewarding career in healthcare.”

BCC’s cancer registry management programs are in the process of becoming one of only a handful of programs in the country to be accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association. The association’s Formal Education Program Review Committee recently awarded BCC’s certificate program Provisional Accreditation status, which is given to new programs that have yet to graduate students, but meet all the requirements set forth in the accreditation standards.

For more information on BCC’s information assurance and cybersecurity degree, please visit www.bcc.edu/computer-science or contact the Science, Math and Technology Division at 609-894-9311, ext. 2033.

For more information on BCC’s cancer registry management programs, please visit www.bcc.edu/hit or call 609-894-9311, ext. 1711.