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.
Education: Successful completion of an NCRA-Accredited Associate Degree Program.
Experience: Successful completion of the NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Program’s practicum activities and/or competency assessments..
Education: Successful completion of an Associate’s degree or the equivalent (60 college credits) PLUS successful completion of an NCRA-Accredited Certificate Program.
Experience: Successful completion of the NCRA-Accredited Formal Education Program’s practicum activities and/or competency assessments.
All CRM/CIM coursework must be completed before beginning the Clinical Practicum.
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).
Experience: 1,950 hours (equal to one year full-time) experience in the cancer registry field.
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.
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:
• 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.
CTR EXAM CANDIDATE'S HANDBOOK
Eligibility Explainer Videos
Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The curated data 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. Learn more about how to become a cancer registrar and how cancer registry data is used to improve public health.
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