Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394

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The Cancer Information Management Certificate is designed for students who already have a college degree. The program curriculum consists of 47 total credit hours. Students are required to complete core coursework and a practicum experience in the field of cancer information management. Through coursework, students will gain valuable knowledge of the human form, pathophysiology, medical terminology, and health care quality management. Health information management is a large component of working in this field. Students will be taught valuable information in order to ensure that patient records are secure and confidential while being handled between the patient and health care agency. Individuals who work in this field must also be knowledgeable on coding systems as well as computer applications that are used to manage cancer information. These applications will allow the workers to assist in maintaining databases that contain cancer information.

Individuals who work in this specialized field identify reported cancer cases, collect data from patient records, and report this information. The information is securely reported to hospital administrators, health care officials and other agencies. All of the information that is collected from patient records are used to develop techniques to prevent cancer and provide treatment methods. It is also a duty for cancer registrars to follow up with patients in order to monitor their progress.

The online format provides students with a flexible education schedule. Participants who choose to partake in distance learning must have excellent time management skills in order to meet program deadlines. Although all courses may be completed online, students are required to participate in a Cancer Information Management Practicum. This practicum requires students to go out into the field and gain hands-on experience. Hands-on experience is highly valuable for graduates when looking for employment. After completing the certificate program, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Tumor Registrar National Credential Exam.

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    Cancer Information Management Practicum

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    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

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