Cancer Registry Certificate

Tumor (or cancer) registrars collect and code data that provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to advance screening programs, cancer treatment, and prevention. The Cancer Registry Certificate provides the instruction and clinical experience to develop the technical skills necessary to become a Certified Tumor Registrar and prepares you to sit for the Cancer Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification exam through the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

The Cancer Registry Certificate is intended for students who have completed an associate's or bachelor's degree.  Students with a degree in Health Information Management are at an advantage as prerequisites are already met!

The Cancer Registry Management Program at MCC is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association, 1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520, Alexandria, VA 22314.


Contact (815) 455-8710 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $4,547.5

Credit Hours to Complete: 26

Weeks to Complete: 32

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Sample Semester 1 17 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-160#3 hrs,AOM-135#3 hrs,CDM-110#3 hrs,BIO-110#4 hrs,ENG-151 | SPE-151#3 hrs,MCC-101#1 hr

Sample Semester 2 15 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-137#3 hrs,HIT-235#3 hrs,HIT-240#3 hrs,ENG-151 | SPE-151#3 hrs,PSY-151#3 hrs

Sample Semester 3 14 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-138#3 hrs,HIT-139#3 hrs,HIT-180#3 hrs,HIT-220#2 hrs,Select a General Education Course#3 hrs

Sample Semester 4 15 Credit Hours

    COURSE LIST Course Ids: HIT-237#3 hrs,HIT-210#3 hrs,HIT-260#3 hrs,HIT-270#3 hrs,HIT-280#3 hrs

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What you need to know about getting your Cancer Registry Certificate (CIP 51.0721)

Total Cancer Registry Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $3,159 $8,557.9 $12,030.98 $12,030.98
Additional Costs $1,388.5 $1,388.5 $1,388.5 $1,388.5
Program Total $4,547.5 $9,946.4 $13,419.48 $13,419.48

What makes MCC's Cancer Registry Certificate program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

Cancer Registry Management courses are taught by professionals working in the field. Classes are offered in an eight-week flexible online format and include an optional drop-in weekly video conference with faculty. The capstone course of the program is a clinical practicum that will give you hands-on professional practice in cancer registry.

  • Program Staff

    Cancer Registry Certificate Program Director

    Christina J. Coclanis-Loding, RHIA, CCS | E 212-D | (815) 455-8713


    Allison Minicz, RHIA, CTR | E200 | (815) 479-7884

  • Cancer Registry Certificate Program Learning Objectives

    Students will be able to:

    1. Distinguish between the types of registries: hospitals, and central registries.
    2. Identify the national standard-setting organizations and professional organizations.
    3. Explain the Standards for Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accredited Cancer Programs.
    4. Understand the diagnosis of cancer, prevention, and treatment options.
    5. Accurately use ICD-0, STORE Manual, AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, SEER Summary Stage General Coding Instructions, and SEER*Rx.
    6. Accurately abstract a cancer case.
    7. Differentiate between the types of follow-up.
    8. Incorporate data management, data quality, and utilization into the practice of Cancer Registry Management.
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of NCRA’s professional code of ethics.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.