Cancer Information

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What you can get

Cancer Information Management: 
Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

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

  • Cancer Registrar
  • Tumor Registrar

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


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. 


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 program student handbook. Cancer Information Management Technology Technical Standards 

Admission Requirements: 

CIM prefix courses begin the fall semester of odd years. Students must have completed BIO 168, BIO 169, and MAT 143 or higher prior to taking CIM prefix courses.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of C or better in ENG 111 and all HIT, MED, CIM, and BIO prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for CIM Students

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to- date immunizations are required by clinical sites prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program. For CIM students to place an order for a criminal background check, urine drug screen, and immunization tracking services, please visit Castlebranch for Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunization Tracking and select the Cancer Information Management package selection.