The Health Information Management certificate with an emphasis in cancer registry provides instruction and clinical experience to assist in developing the technical skills necessary to become a Certified Tumor Registrar. Tumor (or cancer) registrars are responsible for the preparation, coordination, security and maintenance of health records in a variety of health-care settings.
Each time a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the health care practitioner records information, including patient history, test results, cancer diagnosis, and any plans for treatment. Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs) thoroughly investigate these cases to obtain information that is then entered into abstracts. De-identified information from these abstracts are sent to the National Cancer Database to be compiled for cancer research. Information is also sent to state registries where cancer information on a patient is compiled into one record for completeness. The state registry also shares de-identified information with the National Cancer Database. Tumor Registrars (also known as Cancer Registrars) also assist the facility in obtain or meeting requirements for accreditation. In addition, registrars organize Tumor Board meetings and Cancer Committee meetings. They disseminate generalized cancer statistics and information in annual reports as well as follow up with patients to check on cancer status. Cancer Registrars work in a variety of locations; clinics, hospitals, and state registries are only a few.
Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Admission to Hutchinson Community College
Admission Criteria by Program Option
Submit a Health Information program application (applications accepted year-round). The completion of the application is the student's responsibility. To meet this responsibility, the student must have:
Health Information Management (AAS) & Healthcare Coding (Certificate)
*Provisional admission will be granted to a student who does not meet the GPA requirement. Progression in the program will be allowed if the student earns a GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale during the first 12 credit hours.
Health Information Management Emphasis in Cancer Registry Management (AAS)
Health Information Management Emphasis in Cancer Registry Management (Certificate)
*Provisional admission will be granted to a student who does not meet the GPA requirement. Progression in the program will be allowed if the student earns a GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale during the first 12 credit hours.
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