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Eligibility Requirements


Candidates must meet education and experience requirements to be eligible to take the CTR exam. The routes (A1, A2, and B) are detailed below and outlined in the CTR Exam Eligibility Chart

Route A1

Education: Successful completion of an NCRA-Accredited Associate Degree Program.
AND
Experience: Successful completion of 160-hour clinical practicum under a CTR’s supervision. 

Route A2

Education: Successful completion of an Associate’s degree or the equivalent (60 college credits) PLUS successful completion of an NCRA-Accredited Certificate Program
AND
Experience: Successful completion of 160-hour clinical practicum under a CTR’s supervision. 

All CRM/CIM coursework must be completed before beginning the Clinical Practicum.

Route B 

Education: Successful completion of any Associate’s degree or the equivalent (60 college credits). The coursework must include two semesters (six total credit hours) in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. (Grade of C or better is required).
AND
Experience: 1,950 hours (equal to one year full-time) experience in the cancer registry field. 

Eligibility Review Requests

Need your individual eligibility reviewed? Complete the CTR Exam Eligibility Request Form. Complete the form in its entirety and allow 6-8 weeks to process. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Cancer Registry Definition

For eligibility purposes, the Council on Certification defines the cancer registry field as the collection, management, and analysis of cancer incidence data for all the following purposes:

•    research
•    quality management/improvement
•    cancer program development
•    cancer prevention and surveillance
•    survival and outcome data
•    compliance of reporting standards
•    development of accreditation standards for cancer registration

A well-prepared candidate's experience within the last five years should include all basic aspects of a cancer registry, including, but not limited to, case finding, abstracting, follow-up, reporting, cancer committee, cancer conference, state and/or NCDB submissions.