Cancer Information
 Management

What it's about

The Cancer Information Management curriculum is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a cancer data collection system that is consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements.

Jobs available

  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Records Analyst/Director
  • File Clerk
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Public Health Registrar
  • Health Information Technician
  • Office Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse

Courses you'll take

Students will analyze health records according to standards set by various agencies, compile, maintain, monitor, and report cancer data for research, quality management, facility planning and marketing, abstract and code clinical data, and obtain survival data through yearly follow-up.

What you'll gain

Graduates may be eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the National Cancer Registrars Association to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR). Employment opportunities include health care facilities, data organizations, and government agencies.

Contact: Heather Watson hkwatson@davidsonccc.edu

Competencies: 

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity. 
  2. Compile, maintain, monitor, and report cancer data for research, quality management, facility planning, and marketing.
  3. Integrate legal and ethical principles into job responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills for the entry-level cancer registrar.
  5. Perform statistical analysis related to descriptive and analytic epidemiology and cancer surveillance.
  6. Use current technologies to access and process information.
  7. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers. 

Accreditation: 

The Cancer Information Management education program in Cancer Registry Management at Davidson County Community College is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association, 1340 Braddock Place, Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of cancer information management. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the student handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must be admitted to the Cancer Information Management program before enrolling in courses with a CIM prefix. Qualified applicants are admitted to the program based on the date of completion of admission requirements until the program is filled. 

Applicants for admission to the Cancer Information Technology program must:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission as described in the Cancer Information Management & Histotechnology Packet.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite CIM course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.