Cancer Registry Management Certificate - Fully Online

Cancer Registry Program

What Is A Cancer Registry? And What Is A Cancer Registrar?

Cancer registrars serve as data information specialists, most frequently working in hospitals and central registries in a variety of roles such as Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) *, Oncology Data Analysts, or as CTR* Consultants. Professionals in the field forward the mission of capturing a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. This data is collected in the cancer registry and provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Take a look at the data that you will help compile for the vital field of cancer research at

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Become a cancer registrar

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DACC's  Cancer Registry Certificate program is fully accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA®). Please go to the Oncology Data Specialist (ODS) exam web page to learn more about requirements ODS [formerly the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)].

Benefits of an NCRA-Accredited Program

ODS (CTR) Credential – NCRA accreditation ensures students who successfully complete the program have fulfilled the eligibility requirements to take the Oncology Data Specialist exam.

Quality – NCRA accreditation indicates the CRMC program meets the educational standards set by the national association that represents over 5,000 cancer registry professionals.

Resources – NCRA provides valuable resources and support including access to NCRA’s job bank and other helpful online resources

Please Read This Important Information Before Filling Out Your Application

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in Danville Area Community College's Cancer Registry Management Program.

Danville Area Community College's (DACC) Online Cancer Registry Management Certificate is fully accredited by the National Association of Cancer Registrars (NCRA). The program is designed to provide the educational background needed to work and obtain certification in this growing field. This program is one of very few Cancer Registry programs offered 100% online. ERS generously donated the CRstar Cancer Registry software to the program for students to use during their education. Access to the software in our program provides students with a strong, practical foundation of their real-world impact through access to this cutting edge technology. This fully online 30 semester hour program, which includes a virtual practicum, may be completed in as little as one year, assuming full-time enrollment and the completion of prerequisite requirements. Students completing the program will receive a Certificate in Cancer Registry Management and will be eligible to apply for the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) * administered by the National Cancer Registrars Association provided they also have an Associate’s Degree. Program is completely online. It is not eligible for Web Registration.

If you have never attended DACC, please go to New Student Application online.

This certificate has a selective enrollment process. Students must have:

  • Completed an Associate’s Degree in any field.
  • Completed the 4 prerequisite classes HITT 115, HITT 101, BIOL 136, and BOFF 140 or their equivalents with a C or higher.

Acceptance into the program is contingent on completing all prerequisites prior to program entry. Please note, if you currently meet all of the requirements except having completed HITT 101, you can still submit an application. An online version of HITT 101 is available during the summer semester for students that meet all other requirements and have been tentatively accepted by the Cancer Registry Program Director. To find out how to register for HITT 101 online or any of the other three prerequisites that you have not yet completed, please reach out to the Program Director, Kelly Johnson 217-554-1678,, MM112.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to review the admission criteria and to make sure their application and any additional required documentation are received by the last Friday in May at noon. Acceptance letters will be mailed out at the beginning of June. Further instructions will be included.

There are 3 ways to submit an application:

  1. Access the online application Cancer Registry Management Online Application.
  2. Use the following link if your prefer to complete the pdf fillable application (CRMC Application - PDF) - Once you complete the pdf, email completed application and transcripts to:
  3. If you prefer to drop off the application you may take it to Kelly Johnson, Director of HIT, in the Mary Miller building room 112, or Katelyn Roberts, Health Information Technology Office Assistant in the Mary Miller Building room 172.

If you are accepted into the program, your name will be forwarded to an academic advisor to enroll you in CRMC 100, CRMC 110, and CRMC 120.

If you have any question or need more information, please email me at


Kelly Johnson MHIIM, RHIA, ODS, BSRS, RT (S), (VS) 
Health Information Technology Program Director   
Cancer Registry Management Program Director   
Danville Area Community College   

Updated Credential Name

*In August 2023, the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) and its Council on Certification announced the updated credential name of the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) to Oncology Data Specialist (ODS) to more accurately reflect the evolving scope of practice of cancer registrars. The use of the new credential begins January 1, 2024. For more information, visit

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Cancer Registry Management Certificate

Cancer registrars serve as data information specialists, most frequently working in hospitals and central registries in a variety of roles such as Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR), Oncology Data Analysts, or as CTR Consultants.