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 Oncology Data Specialist (ODS) formerly the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) exam.

Program Requirements


Course Number





General Education Courses*




College Composition I




Public Speaking




Psychology I (required)








Computer Applications




Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture)




Fund. of Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)




Fund. Of Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)




Program Courses




Business and Professional Communications




Legal Aspects of Health Information




Medical Terminology












Healthcare Information Systems




Introduction to Cancer Registry




Cancer Registry Disease Coding and Staging




Oncology and Coding




Abstracting Methods




Follow up, Data Quality & Utilization




Solid Tumor Rules and Hematopoietics




Cancer Registry Practicum







TOTAL     60

Revised 03/21/24

*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 (ODS) to Associate of Applied Science Option

If you have a ODS 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)

Practicum Requirement

  • MCR 220 Cancer Registry Practicum

Accepted students in the MCR Program who hold a ODS 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 ODS 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 the Cancer Registry Management program?
The Cancer Registry Management program has 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 the Cancer Registry Management program?
The Cancer Registry Management program has a rolling admission therefore; you can apply anytime throughout the year.

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.

National Cancer Registrars Association
Click here for additional information 
ODS - Oncology Data Specialist

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 the Oncology Data Specialist (ODS) 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 Cancer Registry Management Degree MUST be completed through the Adam Safeguard.

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

  • Students GPA should be 2.77 or higher prior to submitting an application.

  • Submission of a completed Cancer Registry Management program application. Click here for application.
  • clear criminal history background check is required prior to clinical (details will follow with the acceptance letter).
  • Students who plan to attend the Cancer Registry Management program full-time should not complete general education courses prior to applying to the program. Course offerings require students to take general education and MCR program courses simultaneously to meet a full-time schedule.

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.

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 Contact

Susan P. Scully, MS, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Director of HIM Programs
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1257

HIM Information Sessions

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