Independent Clinical Advisor (ICA) Program

All NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Programs require students to complete a 160-hour clinical practicum. The practicum is a critical component of a cancer registrar’s training, but finding a facility for the practicum can be a challenge. Even when a facility is found, often times not all required-clinical activities can be completed at the site.

To address this challenge, NCRA’s Formal Education Program Review Committee will allow some practicum activities to be completed virtually through NCRA’s Independent Clinical Advisor Program. Students must apply to participate in the program. Through the program, an ICA will provide supervision and guide the student through the approved online activities.

If you have questions about the ICA Program, contact Mary Maul at

NCRA’s Virtual Clinical Practicum Catalog

The ICA Program will allow some hours of the 160-hour clinical practicum to be completed online. These hours are in the areas of abstracting, casefinding, and HIPAA. General descriptions are below. Go to the Virtual Clinical Practicum Catalog to learn more and access the links.

  • Abstracting (15 completed abstracts or 30 hours)
    Students can complete 15 of the 30 required abstracts online through SEER*Educate.
  • Casefinding (nine hours)
    Students can complete the nine-hour casefinding requirement through SEER*Educate.
  • HIPAA (three hours)
    Students can complete the three-hour HIPAA requirement through NCRA’s online Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for Cancer Registrars course.

ICA Program: Advisor

Video: SEER*Educate for Online Clinical Practicums
Advisor FAQs 
Advisor Online Application

ICA Program: Student

Student FAQs 
Student Online Application

Student applications will be reviewed by ICA Group. An ICA will be assigned to a student based on availability.

Mentoring Program

NCRA’s Mentoring Program is designed to assist students and cancer registrars in earning the CTR credential and to help current CTRs advance their careers. NCRA’s Mentoring Committee seeks to match mentors with the most appropriate mentee based on shared backgrounds, interests, and career goals. Mentors must be NCRA members in good standing and have held the CTR credential for at least two years.  

Questions? Contact Mary Maul, Education Manager.