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Eligibility Routes and Requirements
Eligibility Routes Checklist
Cancer Registry Definition
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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to take the CTR exam, candidates must meet education and experience requirements. The routes (A1, A2 and B) are detailed below.

Route A. Experience:
Successful completion of 160 hours of work practicum in a CTR-staffed Cancer Registry (may be part of a NCRA-approved program curriculum).
AND
Education Path 1a):
Successful completion of an NCRA-Accredited Associate Degree Program

OR

Education Path 2a): Successful completion of an NCRA-Accredited Certificate Program
AND
successful completion of a minimum of an Associate’s degree or equivalent (60 college-level credits).

Route B. Experience:
1,950 hours (equal to one year full-time) experience in the Cancer Registry field
AND Education: Successful completion of a minimum of an Associate degree or equivalent [60 college-level credits] INCLUDING or IN ADDITION TO SPECIFIC COURSEWORK:
Two semesters of  'Human Anatomy and Human Physiology' (PDF) or equivalent. (Grade of C or better is required).

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Eligibility Routes (checklist)

Via Route A – Path A1:
checkbox Education minimum (Associate Degree or equivalent – 60 college-level credits)
checkbox Completion of an NCRA-Accredited Formal Education DEGREE Program
160-hour practicum in a CTR-staffed cancer registry
Via Route A – Path A2:
checkboxEducation minimum (Associate Degree or equivalent – 60 college-level credits)
checkboxCompletion of an NCRA-Accredited Formal Education CERTIFICATE Program
checkbox 160-hour practicum in a CTR-staffed cancer registry
Via Route B
checkbox Education minimum (Associate Degree or equivalent – 60 college-level credits)
checkbox Coursework of 2 semesters of ‘Human Anatomy & Physiology’ or equivalent
checkbox1950 hours (equivalent to one year full-time) experience in the Cancer Registry field

Cancer Registry Definition

For eligibility purposes, the Council on Certification-approved definition is: the cancer registry field consists of individuals working in or supervising cancer registry and organizations or companies that actively support cancer registration. Cancer registration involves collection, management and analysis of cancer incidence data for all of the following purposes:

  • research,
  • 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 casefinding, abstracting, follow-up, reporting, cancer committee, cancer conference, state and/or NCDB submissions.

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Eligibility Review Requests

Need your individual eligibility to be reviewed? Complete this request form (PDF 164KB). Please complete this form in its entirety to submit your eligibility request. Please allow 6-8 weeks to process.

View the Eligibility Route Flowchart (PDF 84KB).

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