Cancer Information Management - Online


Cancer Information Management Certificate - Online 


Online Certificate Program

Join the Fight Against Cancer

Cancer information management (CIM) professionals are highly-sought data management experts who find, interpret, and record a wide range of demographic and medical information on individuals with cancer for various healthcare agencies. Cancer registrars gather, analyze, and report cancer data for each cancer patient in the United States. The information is then used for research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a cancer data collection system that meets the requirements of local, state and national registries.

This certificate program is offered in a cohort format and can be completed in 4 consecutive semesters. There are two accelerated courses offered each semester that last approximately 8 weeks. You will take one course during the first half of the semester and the second course during the last half of the semester. This means you won't be juggling multiple classes at one time, making it easier for working students.

Online Program

Work on your classes when and where it works for you! The flexibility and convenience of online classes can be a game changer. Plus, Ferris online programs aren't just traditional classes with an internet spin. They're web-native, built specifically for the online learning environment.

Some courses are offered in a mixed-delivery format at our Grand Rapids campus, giving you the option for an in-seat experience.

Contact our advisor to get started.

Paula Koning
(616) 643-5726
[email protected]
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Your Cancer Information Management certificate can be completed in four semesters. Courses must be taken sequentially as listed below to complete the program in four semesters.

Fall Semester

  • MRIS 150 - Registry Structure and Management
  • MRIS 160 - Cancer Registry Operations

Spring Semester

  • MRIS 170 - Cancer Disease Management
  • MRIS 180 - Oncology Coding and Staging

Summer Semester

  • MRIS 250 - Abstracting Methods
  • MRIS 260 - Multiple Primaries and Hematopoietics

Fall Semester

  • MRIS 270 - Follow up, Data Quality, and Utilizations
  • MRIS 295 - Cancer Registry Internships


To be admitted to this program, you must have completed an associate degree in a health-related field.

You are also eligible for admission if you are currently enrolled in a health-related associate or bachelor’s degree program. However, there are specific pre-requisite courses in the Spring semester that must be completed prior to the start of CIM courses. These pre-requisite courses are not offered in a fully-online format at Ferris State University.


The certificate education program in Cancer Registry/Information Management at Ferris State University has received Full Accreditation by the National Cancer Registrars Association. Students graduating from the program are eligible to sit for the CTR Examination.