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Cancer Registry Management Program Celebrates National Cancer Registrars Week

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Burlington County College’s Cancer Registry Management Program will hold an information session on Tuesday, April 7 in celebration of National Cancer Registrars Week, which brings attention to the important role cancer registrars serve in cancer research, prevention and treatment.

“Burlington County College is one of only a handful of institutions in the nation to have a cancer registry program accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association,” said Burlington County College President Paul Drayton. “Burlington County College is the best option for anyone looking to enter this rewarding and innovative career.”

Prospective students are invited to learn more about the cancer registry profession and BCC’s cancer registry management associate degree and certificate programs at the free information session on Tuesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. in room 313 of the Lewis M. Parker Center, located on the college’s Pemberton campus.

“Thanks in part to advancements in medicine and new reporting requirements for Commission on Cancer-accredited hospitals, there is a growing need for skilled and certified cancer registrars,” said Susan Scully, BCC’s Director of Health Information Technology. “There is a skills gap in the industry—there are fewer candidates taking the Certified Tumor Registrar exam, even though there is great demand for cancer registrars with this certification.”

Cancer registrars are data management experts who report cancer statistics for various healthcare agencies. Cancer registrars are responsible for cancer data analysis, collection and monitoring and help to ensure compliance of reporting standards. Their work impacts evidenced-base medicine and other cancer control efforts.

Burlington County College currently offers an associate of applied science and a certificate in cancer registry management. The programs prepare students for the National Cancer Registrar Association’s Certified Tumor Registrar exam.

BCC has also created a convenient path for working professionals, who are current certified tumor registrars, to earn an associate degree in cancer registry management. In addition, working professional can complete the certificate program online and their clinical requirements from anywhere in the country.

“From working adults looking to advance their careers with a degree or certificate to young people who want an education that will prepare them for an exciting career, Burlington County College has programs to meet any goal,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Mary Ann O’Brien. “Training residents to acquire the skills needed for today’s high-tech workplaces supports the County’s Workforce Development initiative.”

For more information on BCC’s Cancer Registry Management programs, please visit www.bcc.edu/hit or 609-894-9311, ext. 1711.

National Cancer Registrars Week runs from Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. For more information, please visit www.ncra-usa.org.