Prepare to become a data management expert who reports 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. 

Program Overview

The Cancer Registry Management Program prepares students to sit for the National Cancer Registrar Associations Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) exam.

Program Requirements

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)

DL/F-F

1

BIO114

Fund. Of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)

DL/F-F

3

 

Program Courses

 

 

COM200

Business and Professional Communications

DL/F-F

3

HIT103

Legal Aspects of Health Information

DL

3

HIT106

Medical Terminology

DL/F-F

3

HIT115

Pathophysiology

DL

3

HIT117

Pharmacology

DL

3

HIT224 

or

HIT225

Healthcare Information Systems

 

Mastering the Electronic Health Record

DL

3

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

Revised 04/20

*General education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

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

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.

Credential (CTR) to Associate of Applied Science Option

If you have a CTR credential and want to earn 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 77% 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I complete general education courses before I apply to any of the Health Information Management programs?
HIM programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year. Full-time students should apply prior to or soon after starting general education courses.

When is the best time of year to apply to any of the Health Information Management Programs?
All HIM programs have a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year.

What career opportunities are available for health information professionals?
The AHIMA Career Map features in-depth information about the many career options for HIM professionals, and includes updated salary study results, and job data. Click here for more information.

Is a credential required to work in the healthcare industry?
Most employers are looking for individuals who hold a national credential. However, some employers will hire recent graduates and give them a timeframe (typically 1-year) to earn a national credential.

Is it true that some employers give a coding test ?
Yes, many employers require that you pass their coding test prior to meeting with the hiring manager. You should be prepared with your own codebooks ( ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT) and a medical dictionary.

What do the abbreviations RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, CTR mean?
AHIMA credentials
Click here for additional information.

  • RHIT - Registered Health Information Technician (* 2-year degree)
  • RHIA - Registered Health Information Administrator (* 4-year degree)
  • CCA - Certified Coding Associate
  • CCS - Certified Coding Specialist
  • CCS-P - Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based

* Degree Program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

National Cancer Registrars Association
Click here for additional information 
CTR – Certified  Tumor Registrar

Is the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT) at RCBC accredited?
Yes, the AAS.HIT program at RCBC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Is the Coding Certificate Program (SPC.ACO) accredited?
 No, the Coding Program is not accredited. However, graduates of the Coding Certificate Program are eligible to take the CCA, CCS or CCS-P credential exam offered through AHIMA. In addition, most of the credits earned in the Coding Certificate Program will transfer to the accredited Associates Degree in Health Information Technology (AAS.HIT).

How much does it cost to attend RCBC?
Tuition & fees are based on many factors including in-county, out-of-county, out-of-state and program type.  For details, click here 

Note:  any course that has a prefix of HIT or MCR, refer to the Health Science Tuition and Fees.

Are challenge exams available?
Yes, challenge exams are available for some HIM and MCR courses. The cost to challenge a course for credit is $25 per credit. Arrangements must be coordinated through the HIM Department. Rates are subject to change without notice.

If I completed courses at another school where do I send my transcript(s)?
“Official” transcripts should be mailed or dropped off to:

Office of the Registrar
Rowan College at Burlington County
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Important note: To be considered official, transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope from the college or university. A transcript is required from the school that you earned the letter grade. Therefore, if you attended multiple schools, an “official” transcript is required from every school that you earned a grade of “C+” or higher that you would like evaluated for possible credit.

How do I register for a credential exam?
If you plan to take an AHIMA credential exam (RHIT, CCA, CCS, or CCS-P) visit the AHIMA website at for details.  The website includes information about exam registration, eligibility, specifications, allowable books, review guide recommendations and more.

If you plan to take the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) exam, click here for additional details.

What books are required to take a credential exam?
See - How do I register for a credential exam?

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) credit for taking relevant HIM courses?
Download AHIMA’s Recertification Guide here, refer to the section titled Qualifying Continue Education Activities and Calculation of CEU’s.

Will you accept a recent background check from another employer?
At this time, background checks required for the HIT Associates Degree and the Cancer Registry Management Degree MUST be completed through the college approved company.

How do I locate more information about national healthcare organizations?
See Useful Links here.

Applying to the Program

Most programs in the Health Information Management (HIM) department apply selective admission standards. Therefore, admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a program.

Applicants must be admitted to RCBC and must also qualify for admission to their selected HIM program based on the following standards:

  • Graduation from high school, or attainment of a GED, with successful completion (C grade or better) of high school level algebra and biology, or equivalent college course work.
  • Successful completion of all required developmental courses as determined by the results of the College Assessment of reading, writing, and math skills.
  • Successful completion (C+ grade or better) of all courses that include the prefix HIT, HIM or MCR, as required within the HIM degree/certificate curriculum.
  • Complete an RCBC Admission Application online.
  • Achievement of an RCBC cumulative grade point average of 2.77 or greater at the time of admission.
  • Submit all previous college transcripts to the RCBC Admissions Department for evaluation. Any HIM courses on transcripts will be referred to the HIM program director for evaluation. The HIM program will not evaluate transcripts for students who have not applied to the college/ program.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Submission of a completed Health Information Management program application.
  • clear criminal history background check is required prior to clinical (details will follow with the acceptance letter).
  •  Acceptance is on a rolling schedule. Program begins in the fall semester.
Program Outcomes
  • The Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) Exam pass rates for the RCBC Cancer Registry Management programs for 2016 was 100%; 2017 was 100.%; for 2018 was 33.3%; for 2019 was 67% (First time test takers only).
  • Exam pass rates from program inception (2015) to present is 68.75%. 
  • There have been 20 graduates of the program. 16 students have taken the CTR exam.
Program Staff and Faculty

Photo of Susan ScullyDirector of Health Information Management
Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

An advocate for education in health information and patient access to health information, she is actively involved in the New Jersey Health Information Management Association (NJHIMA) serving as a committee member, secretary, director/delegate, and president (2008-2009) and (2015-2016, 2016-2017). Ms. Scully was named the Distinguished Member of NJHIMA in 2010.

In 2014, Ms. Scully was awarded an AHIMA Triumph Award for Mentoring.  The Mentor Award honors individuals or “teams,” with long records of encouraging students or colleagues to realize their full potential, or have helped them find ways to achieve their best.  Also, in 2014, Ms. Scully was inducted into Burlington County College, Alumni Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Ms. Scully had the great honor of earning Fellowship in the AHIMA.  Fellowship recognizes significant and sustained contribution to advancement of the Health Information Management (HIM) discipline through meritorious service, excellence in professional practice, excellence in HIM education, and advancement of the profession through innovation and knowledge sharing.

Photo of Fran DiLorenzoAssistant Director of Health Information Management
Fran DiLorenzo, RHIA

Fran DiLorenzo, RHIA is the Assistant Director of Health Information Management at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC).  She earned her Coding Program Certificate from Camden County College, an AAS.HIT Degree from RCBC, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the City University of NY and is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology at Stockton University.

Ms. DiLorenzo was hired by Rowan College at Burlington County in 2004 to assist with the planning and execution of numerous educational grants. In 2009, she joined the Health Information Technology Department as the Outcomes Manager for Project CODE, a Community-Based Job Training Grant. In 2012, she was promoted to the Coding Program Manager. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of Continuing Education Seminars for students as well as incumbent workers. In February 2018, she was promoted to the Assistant Director of Health Information Management. She currently teaches Quality and Performance Improvement as well as Healthcare Management and Personnel.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) selected Ms. DiLorenzo as the 2013 Rising Star, Triumph Award winner. The award is based on a new professional who has enthusiastically shown great promise for continued contribution to the future of the health information management profession. Ms. DiLorenzo is a member of the AHIMA and serves as a committee member, delegate and president (2018-2019) for the New Jersey Health Information Management Association (NJHIMA).  She is also a member the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

 

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator-Health Information Management
Lisa Parker MSN-Ed, RN

Lisa Parker MSN-Ed, RN, is the first full-time faculty member in the Health Information Management Department at Rowan College at Burlington County, and the Program Coordinator for the department.  Parker is a Registered Nurse, with a background in emergency room nursing and critical care, who became a full-time faculty member after working as an adjunct at the college for ten years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Lock Haven University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Walden University and is currently working toward a PhD in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

Parker has been a guest speaker at continuing education seminars, educational symposia and has written for publication about methods of student engagement and learning styles. She was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by Lincoln Educational Services for her innovative teaching style and for bringing technology into the classroom. Since 2015, she has been a guest speaker at the New Jersey Health Information Management Association Annual Conference. She has been involved in the redesign and development of several courses at RCBC and participates actively in text reviews for publishers. Currently, she teaches several courses in the Health Information Management program including: Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, and Pathophysiology, along with Anatomy and Physiology courses for the STEM department. In addition to teaching, she is responsible for coordinating the course loads and curricula for the HIM adjunct faculty.

Adjunct Faculty

Jovanna Alexander, MSN, RN, CNOR
Marlynn Belsito,RN,MSN
Kathleen Boyd, RHIT, CTR
Fran DiLorenzo, RHIA
Lynn Glenn, RN, MSN, MBA, OCN, CBCN, NE-BC, CTR
Kathleen Gould-Mitchell, RHIA, CTR
Carole Liebner, RHIT, CCS, CDIP  *
Carolyn Magnotta, RHIA, CPHQ
Joyce Matheson, RHIT, CCS, CHSP
Mara McAuley, RHIA, CHDA, CHTS-IS
Gina McNellis, MA, RHIA, CTR, CHP
Vivian Owusu-Mensah, DNP
Michael Papale 
Linda Penston, CPC, COC, CPMA, CHC
Alison Raposa 
Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Jeanette Thomas-Jones, BA, MAS, CPC, CPMA

*AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
*AHIMA Approved Revenue Cycle Trainer

Accreditation

The Cancer Registry Management Associate of Applied Science degree is accredited by the National Cancer Registry Association Formal Education Review Committee (NCRA-FERC).  They can be reached at:  1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520, Alexandria, VA  22314.

National Cancer Registry Association Logo

Program Contacts

Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Director of Health Information Management
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1711
sscully@rcbc.edu

Fran Dilorenzo, BS, RHIA
Assistant Director, Health Information Management
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1668
fdilorenzo@rcbc.edu

Lisa Parker, MSN-Ed, RN
Full Time Faculty and HIM Adjunct Coordinator
(856) 242-5265
lparker@rcbc.edu