addition to the professional HIM courses, the program offers an elective
component of cancer registry courses. Cancer registrars are data experts
who provide a valuable resource of cancer information that affects cancer
control efforts and supports cancer research. Cancer registrars identify cancer
patients at the time of their diagnoses, then track them for the rest of their
lives. They collect demographical information; diagnostic tests and their
results; specific cancer information, such as the type of cancer, the tumor
site, and the extent of the disease; and treatments and their outcomes.
Certified cancer (tumor) registrars can work in several different types of
health care settings. The need for qualified registrars in both hospital and
state tumor registries is increasing.
The Cancer Registry courses offered by the HIM Department at UAMS consist of four courses (for 10 Semester credit hours):
- HIM 1202 Registry Principles & Practice
- HIM 1203 Epidemiology
- HIM 2401 Staging & Classification
- HIM 2202 Registry Professional Practice
These courses, on their own, do not qualify an individual to sit for the CTR exam. To be eligible to take the CTR exam, candidates must meet education and experience requirements. One route is as follows:
Experience:1,950 hours (equal to one year full-time) experience in the Cancer Registry field
Education: Successful completion of a minimum of an Associate degree or equivalent [60 college-level credits]
INCLUDING or IN ADDITION TO SPECIFIC COURSEWORK:
Two semesters of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Grade of C or better is required).
For CTR Exam Eligibility, please go to:
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