Cancer Data Management, Associate of Applied Science

Join the Fight against Cancer

Each year, researchers and medical practitioners make astounding strides in cancer research and treatment all around the world. You can become a key player in this exciting process by studying Cancer Data Management at San Jacinto College. Cancer breakthroughs are made primarily by a global accumulation of data that doctors and researchers use to develop and fine-tune treatments. Hospitals, cancer organizations, and state and national governments maintain cancer registries to collect this data, and they need help from dedicated specialists.

Cancer registries collect, store, manage, and analyze data on people with cancer. They establish and maintain a cancer incidence reporting system, serve as an information resource for cancer research, and provide information to assist public health officials and agencies. For example, physicians need cancer data to learn more about the causes of cancer to be able to detect it earlier. Cancer registrars are trained to collect accurate, complete, and timely data. 

The College designed the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Cancer Data Management to teach all aspects of the cancer registry, including survey processes, collection and abstraction of data, oncology coding, staging, and reporting.  Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to apply to take the national Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) examination, administered by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).  


The San Jacinto College Cancer Data Management AAS degree is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).  

Career Opportunities

Upon completing our program, students may pursue careers in cancer registry management in a hospital setting, free-standing state or national cancer registry, or in any of the state or national cancer organizations.

Earning Potential

The average salary for a Cancer Registrar/Abstractor is $54,049 per year.1

For more information, students may email or call 281-459-7608.


North Campus

The Cancer Data Management program includes one clinical (practicum) course. Clinicals are unpaid experiences in which students are supervised by a CTR professional at the health care facility. Clinicals are scheduled during the day shift according to the availability of the site supervisor. The program cannot guarantee a specific site, but every effort will be made to accommodate the student. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the clinical site. A criminal background check is required of all program students and must be submitted prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Documentation of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella, completion of the Hepatitis B series, and annual Tuberculosis screening are also required prior to enrollment in the clinical course. Drug screening may be required by the clinical site.  

Admission Criteria
Students are admitted annually into the Cancer Data Management program. In addition to the general admission requirements of San Jacinto College, prospective students must meet the Cancer Data Management admission criteria.  

Students may access the Cancer Data Management Application Packet on the San Jacinto College website.  

Plan of Study

North Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
HITT 2371 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
ITSC 1309
Integrated Software Applications I
or Business Computer Applications
BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) (or BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 and BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102) 4
Second Term
HITT 1307 Cancer Data Management I: Introduction to Cancer Registry Management 3
HITT 2307 Cancer Data Management II: Abstracting Principles and Practices I 3
HITT 2372 Oncology Coding and Staging 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
Summer Year One Term
HITT 2370 Cancer Data Management III: Abstracting Principles and Practices II 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
Third Term
HITT 1255 Healthcare Statistics: Cancer Epidemiology and Statistics 2
HITT 1361 Clinical-Cancer Data Management 3
SPCH 1315
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Fourth Term
HITT 2343 Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement 3
HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision 3
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods (Statistics) 1 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Total Credits60

External Learning Experience: HITT 1361 Clinical-Cancer Data Management

National Certification Exam: Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR )

Note: Students must pass each HITT course listed in the cancer data management AAS degree plan with a grade of C to be eligible to receive the degree.