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Health Information Management - Emphasis in Cancer Registry Management - CERT B

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).

Program Details

  • Admission

    Selection Criteria

    In order to promote student success in the Health Information Management program and in the health record profession, it is necessary to establish criteria to assist in the selection of students.

    1.  High school graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the final six semesters of high school, or minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for a minimum of 12 semester hours of college, or minimum GED average standard score of 58.

    2. Student will need to have access to the internet and a computer or similar device.

    Admission procedure:

    1. Submission of application to HCC and required transcripts from high school and colleges previously attended.
    2. Submission of application to the health information technology program. The application form should be received by the program director before the semester in which the student plans to begin the program.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the documentation is complete.

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