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.
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
Your Cancer Information Management certificate can be completed in four semesters. We suggest the following sequence.
- MRIS 150 - Registry Structure and Management
- MRIS 160 - Cancer Registry Operations
- MRIS 170 - Cancer Disease Management
- MRIS 180 - Oncology Coding and Staging
- MRIS 250 - Abstracting Methods
- MRIS 260 - Multiple Primaries and Hematopoietics
- 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.
If you are currently enrolled in a health-related associate or bachelor’s degree program would also be able to complete this certification. However, there are specific pre-requisite courses 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 received Provisional Accreditation by the National Cancer Registrars Association. Provisional Accreditation is awarded to a new program that, during the past four years, has not graduated students from a Cancer Registry Management program. Students enrolled in a program that holds Provisional Accreditation status with NCRA are eligible to sit for the CTR Examination.