The American Health Information Management Association
(AHIMA) developed this cancer information registry education program
in a collaborative partnership with the National
Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
The Cancer Registry Management program is designed for those interested in entering the cancer registry profession. Cancer Registrars possess the clinical and technical knowledge and
skills necessary to maintain components of the disease-related data collection systems consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation
requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of facilities, and in various locations within a facility, cancer registrars manage and analyze
clinical cancer information for the purpose of processing, maintaining, compiling and reporting health information for research, quality management/improvement,
facility planning and marketing, monitoring patient outcomes, cancer program development, cancer prevention and surveillance, survival data, compliance of reporting
standards, evaluation of the results of treatment, and national accreditation standards.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
- Accurately abstract health information into a cancer registry to allow for uniform data collection
- Manage an effective cancer registry program at either a local, state or national level
- Produce cancer related information to assist healthcare providers in patient care and research
- Provide information for cancer prevention activities
The full program consists
of four (4) prerequisite courses and six (6) specialty courses:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Computer Basics in Healthcare
- Medical Terminology
Registry Structure and Management
- Cancer Registry Operations
- Cancer Disease Coding and Staging
- Abstracting Methods
- Oncology Treatment and Coding
- Follow-up, Data Quality, and Utilization
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-- Have access to certain technology
-- Obtain proctor for final exams (prerequisite courses only)
- American Council on Education (ACE)
College course credit is
recommended for the prerequisite courses (not including A & P).
- AHIMA Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Successful completion of each specialty course earns 45 CEUs.
payment is received and processed
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||See "Certification Candidates" information
How to Register
Review the program information
Thoroughly review all of the Cancer Registry
Management program information, to ensure your understanding of the
prerequisites, requirements, scope of the program, and how the program
works. If your questions are not addressed here, review the Frequently Asked Questions for this program. |
Complete the CRM Prerequisite Form
ALL prospective students in the CRM program must complete
Prerequisite Form online. This form provides AHIMA with important
information on how you previously completed the program prerequisites
or how you plan to complete them. Submitting this form also establishes
your record in our CRM Prerequisite Database, where we match incoming
transcripts and track prerequisite completions. You need to complete
this form only once, after which you will receive an e-mail confirmation
with additional details and instructions. This form is submitted
at no cost or further obligation.
Send official transcripts
If you previously completed some or all of your prerequisites
at the college level with grades of "C" or
better, then you should contact the school(s) to arrange to have
official transcripts sent directly to AHIMA. Specific instructions
mailing address for transcripts will be sent to you via e-mail immediately
after you complete the CRM
Prerequisite Form (see Step 2 above).
Register for outstanding prerequisites
If you have not completed all four prerequisites at the college
level with grades of "C" or better, you may start our
CRM program by registering for the prerequisites. See "Registration Options" below.
Register for specialty courses
After you complete the prerequisites, register online for the specialty
Click on the title of the course or cluster for descriptions
and required textbooks
The four prerequisite
courses (Anatomy and Physiology and Cluster 1, above) must be completed
prior to taking any of the specialty courses (Clusters 2 and 3). Students may submit transcripts if they have taken the prerequisite courses elsewhere.
- Submit the CRM Prerequisite Form
All prospective students must complete the CRM
before registering for any courses in this program.
may be completed either through this program or a post-secondary
academic institution. Students will be required to
send proof of prior prerequisite completions to AHIMA. After students submit the online CRM Prerequisite Form, they will receive the mailing address for sending transcripts to AHIMA.
- RHIAs and RHITs do not need to send transcripts
RHIAs and RHITs have already satisfied the prerequisites
for the CRM program, and will not need to submit
transcripts. They must, however, submit the CRM
Prerequisite Form. After submitting the form, RHIAs and RHITs may
register online for the specialty courses immediately, AND may request course activation, without awaiting
- Prerequisite verification
We will send an e-mail to each prospective CRM student
after we receive official transcript(s), containing the
status of prerequisites and eligibility to begin the
specialty courses. Note that RHIAs and RHITs do not
this e-mail verification,
but may register and activate courses immediately after
submitting the prerequisite form.
Required Textbooks and Resource Manuals
or more textbooks and/or resource manuals are required
for each course
in this program. Textbooks are not included in the program tuition fees. They must be purchased by the student
and should be available prior to
course. Most resource manuals are provided as FREE downloads
in the courses.
a complete list of required textbooks and manuals.
The Cancer Registry Management courses require the use of the
free Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Player, and Adobe Flash
here for links to these downloads. Note: Please
be careful during the download
and installation of Real Player. During these steps, we
recommend that you uncheck ALL checked selections and at
the end, close
window (use the "X" in the upper right corner) rather than
selecting either setup option.
final exams for the prerequisite and specialty courses must
be taken under the supervision of a proctor. This means you
or HIM coworker to be in the same room with you as you complete
your exams. If you are taking the courses outside of work,
you may ask a
friend to be your proctor. Spouses or family members cannot be proctors.
instructions are provided in each course.
The American Council
on Education (ACE)
has recommended that 3 credit hours be awarded for each prerequisite
course (not including Anatomy and Physiology). It is up to each
transferring institution how many credit hours are accepted.
a list of credits recommended for individual courses and other
Students may register
prerequisite courses they've successfully completed with ACE. All
of a student's ACE-evaluated courses are shown on one transcript with
easy-to-read descriptions, credit recommendations, and suggested transfer
areas. Upon request, the transcript can be released at any time to a
college of the student's choice. To join the ACE Transcript Service,
must pay a one-time set-up fee of $40.00 and a nominal fee of $15.00
each time they request the release of a transcript.
info on ACE transcript services.
For American Health Information Management Association
(AHIMA) CEUs and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact
hours, students will receive a grade report (after successfully
completing each specialty course) for tracking and reporting
In the CRM program,
each student receives access to the prerequisite courses immediately
after enrollment. Students who register online
and pay by credit card are immediately enrolled. Students who pay
by check or purchase order are enrolled after AHIMA receives and
processes the payment.
may register for the specialty courses at any time after they have
submitted the CRM prerequisite form and transcripts,
and fulfilled all prerequisites. After registering,
students must log in to their class or cluster and "request
course activation." Students will then need to
wait up to three business days before their class or
cluster will be opened. For more details:
Get more info on activating a specialty cluster after you have registered.
Get more info on activating individually-purchased specialty courses after you have registered.
additional information on how to register.
Certified Tumor Registrar Certification Candidates
This Formal Education Program was developed by AHIMA
in a partnership with the National
Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), to enhance learning
opportunities for burgeoning cancer registrars, and
to help students become eligible
to sit for the NCRA's Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)
certification exam under Eligibility
Route A (formerly
Route 2). The three requirements under Eligibility Route
- Cancer Registry Education: Successful completion of an NCRA-accredited
Cancer Registry Management Formal Education
- College Education: Successful completion of a minimum of
an Associate ’s degree or equivalent (4 semesters/6
- Experience: Successful completion of 160 hours of
work practicum in a CTR-staffed Cancer Registry
a list of NCRA-accredited Formal Education programs – including
this program –visit www.ncra-usa.org/education/formal.htm.
For complete information on the NCRA's CTR Exam, and
to obtain the CTR brochure and Exam Candidate's Handbook and
Application, visit www.ctrexam.org.
Be sure to take note of any upcoming changes in exam eligibility
This program is developed in association with