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2021-2022 General Catalog Archived 
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Cancer Information Management, A.A.S.

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A45130  Total credit hours: 67

The Cancer Information Management curriculum is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a cancer data collection system that is consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements.

Students will analyze health records according to standards set by various agencies, compile, maintain, monitor, and report cancer data for research, quality management, facility planning and marketing, abstract and code clinical data, and obtain survival data through yearly follow-up

Graduates may be eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the National Cancer Registrars Association to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR). Employment opportunities include health care facilities, data organizations, and government agencies.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  2. Compile, maintain, monitor, and report cancer data for research, quality management, facility planning, and marketing.
  3. Integrate legal and ethical principles into job responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills for the entry-level cancer registrar.
  5. Perform statistical analysis related to descriptive and analytic epidemiology and cancer surveillance.
  6. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers.


The Cancer Information Management education program in Cancer Registry Management at Davidson-Davie Community College is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association, 1340 Braddock Place, Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Technical Standards

In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of cancer information management. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the program student handbook. Cancer Information Management Technology Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)  

Transfer Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for CIM courses is made by the Program Director and the appropriate academic administrator, in consultation with members of the Cancer Information Management faculty. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested may be required. Transfer credit must be evaluated by the program and is not guaranteed.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all ENG, HIT, MED, CIM, and BIO prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Clinical Clearance Requirements

A criminal background check, drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Program Director: Heather Watson

Admission Requirements:

  1. Take all supporting classes - BIO 168, BIO 169, CIS 110, COM 120, ENG 111, HUM-115, MAT 143, MED 121, MED 122, and PSY 150 must be taken (in any order) prior to starting the first CIM courses.
  2. Take HIT 110.
  3. Submit immunization, background check, urine drug screen and clinical onboarding documentation.
  4. CIM 110, CIM 125, CIM 211, CIM 250, and HIT 226 must be taken together (offered in the Fall in odd years only).
  5. CIM 150, CIM 212, CIM 220, CIM 225, and CIM 275 must be taken together (offered in the Spring in even years only).

Once students start CIM-110, they must stay continuously enrolled in CIM prefix courses.

Program Requirements:

Note: CIM-110, CIM-125, CIM-211, CIM-250, and HIT-226 must be taken together and are offered in the Fall in odd years only. CIM-150, CIM-212, CIM-220, CIM-225, and CIM-275 must be taken together and are offered in the Spring in even years only

General Education and Other Major Courses

(Can be taken in any order prior to taking major courses):

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