Davenport University introduces only cancer registry certificate program in Michigan

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be nearly 65,000 newly diagnosed cases in Michigan this year, and slightly more than 2 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2024. Davenport University has responded by introducing a certificate program that will enable students to contribute to research needed to improve cancer outcomes.

Davenport’s post-associate cancer tumor registry certificate is the only one of its kind in Michigan. The specialized program, which is totally online, is aimed toward students who already have an associate degree and want to pursue a career as an oncology data specialist (ODS), formerly cancer tumor registrar (CTR). The role is essential for providing the data needed for researchers and health care providers.

Megan Tober, MBA, RHIA, the associate department chair and program director for the health information management programs at Davenport, said the program can be completed in as little as three semesters.

“This program is critical to the detailed work that is being done to capture the complete histories, diagnosis, treatment and health status of cancer patients throughout the country,” Tober said. “As with all our programs, students will be taught and mentored by instructors with real-world experience. The class sizes are small to ensure individual attention.”

Tober said the certificate is ideal for people who are detail-oriented and want a career in health care that supports cancer research and data analytics.

Paula Koning, MM, RHIA, ODS-C, is a member of the faculty teaching in the program.

“This program may be perfect for you even if you don’t have an associate degree in health care but are interested in health information management, data analytics, cancer research and/or prevention,” Koning said. “As a cancer registrar, you will be able to play a key role in maintaining critical data in cancer registries for cancer treatment breakthroughs.”

Davenport began the program because there is an increasing demand for ODS credentialed staff and plenty of job opportunities. In addition, many cancer registrars work remotely, which allows more flexibility.  

Davenport University’s post-associate cancer tumor registry certificate is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association. Learn more here.


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