Cancer Data Management

Advances in medical technology are keeping us alive - we are more likely to survive severe illness or traumatic injury than ever before. In addition, health care reform in the U.S. has provided access to medical care to many for the first time. The result: Seven of the ten fastest-growing jobs are in health care, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

What is Cancer Data Management?

Amazing advances are being made in cancer research and treatment. A Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) is a vital member of the team fighting for prevention and cure. Cancer registration follows a patient’s health care history from diagnosis through their lifetime, monitoring the incidence, type, extent, and treatment in his or her case. The CTR collects the data used for clinical cancer research and public health cancer control efforts. The data collected is used to monitor incidence trends, to assess early detection and success of treatments, and to measure patient outcomes through survival statistics, among other purposes.

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a cancer data collection system that is consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal and accreditation requirements.

A Career You Can Count On

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that healthcare occupations will increase 19 percent by 2024. The BLS goes on to say, “Cancer registrars are expected to continue to be in high demand. As the population ages, there will likely be more types of special purpose registries because many illnesses are detected and treated later in life.”

The Cancer Data Management program was developed in response to local demand in Upstate S.C., which is representative of nationwide job opportunities.


The Cancer Data Management Certificate is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), 1340 Braddock Place, Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314l,

For more information

  • National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA)
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)


The national certifying examination is given by the National Cancer Registrars Association to eligible graduates in order to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

Program Details and Courses

Cancer Data Management
Certificate in Applied Science

All Cancer Data Management courses are completed online, with a 160-hour practicum completed in a cancer registry.

  • The certificate program consists of 40 semester hours, including classes in Medical Terminology, Health Information Management, and Biology, in addition to the core Cancer Registry Management courses.
  • An associate degree or higher is required for admission into GTC’s Cancer Data Management program. 

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The CDM certificate is an offering within GTC’s Health Information Management (HIM) department. HIM is an online associate degree with a highly-regarded reputation in the medical community, and graduates of the program are sought after for their well-rounded skill set.

Successful students must be motivated, willing to study independently, able to pay particular attention to detail, and have exceptional organizational and time management skills. Those with previous education and experience in health recording are especially encouraged to consider this expanding profession. Accuracy and patient privacy are top priorities.

Federal financial aid not available for this program pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education. South Carolina residents may receive Lottery funds.

General Technology
Associate in Applied Science
Health Information Management Systems Technology Career Path

This program is designed as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I includes general education and related course work and may be completed at Greenville Tech, any articulating college, or other regionally accredited institution. Students may apply for Phase II via weighted admission as they near completion of Phase I courses. Phase II includes all Cancer Data Management and other related coursework, and a practicum. 

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Students working toward acceptance in select Health and Wellness programs are now classified as an Associate of Science major.  Want to know more?  Check out our FAQ section.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The Cancer Data Management certificate program is new to Greenville Technical College, therefore there is no employment data specifically for CDM graduates. Visit for important information about the educational debt, earnings and graduation rates of students who attended other programs.