Cancer Genetics & Risk Assessment Certification: CGRA®
Genomic discoveries are increasingly being applied to the clinical care of patients, particularly in the field of cancer genetics, risk assessment. In addition to genetic counselors who are experts in the field of cancer genetics with competencies covered by genetic counseling training and maintenance of certification, there is a need for clinicians across the spectrum of practice to acquire knowledge and competency in cancer genetics risk assessment as patient care moves to more personalized approaches in cancer screening, prevention and targeted therapy.
NCBC’s Certification in Cancer Risk & Genetics has been developed to acknowledge the healthcare professional with clinical experience and advanced knowledge in cancer genetics and cancer risk assessment. The purpose of this program is to provide the assurance that the healthcare professional with CGRA certification possesses the requisite knowledge, skills and competency to provide cancer risk assessment services to patients and families.
Certification Eligibility: The applicant must:
- Be a licensed or certified health care professional with practice focus in oncology, breast health care, cancer genetics, or cancer risk assessment.
- Possess Primary Clinical Credentials: Physician, Physician’s Assistant, Advanced Practice Nurse or other skilled professional with requisite work-related knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to assess, educate and provide cancer risk assessment and cancer genetics clinical services to patients and their families
- Have acquired in depth clinical training in the clinical practice of cancer genetics and risk assessment and or have completed relevant focused educational courses in cancer genetics, risk assessment including comprehensive breast cancer risk assessment.
- Have minimum 2 years of experience in the field of cancer care, including cancer screening, risk assessment, cancer genetics, cancer diagnosis and management.
- Complete an application process
For any questions regarding CGRA® certification
Executive Director NCBC
Kimberly Bolin, BS, ARDMS, ARRT, RT(R)(M)
The aim of certification is to recognize professionals who meet established knowledge, skills or competencies previously acquired in a specialty area of practice.
Professional certification is a voluntary process by which individuals are evaluated against predetermined standards for knowledge and reflect current best practices and accepted standards in a specialty area of practice.
Participants who demonstrate that they meet the standards by successfully completing the assessment process are granted certification which is time limited.
To maintain certification, a certificant must engage in ongoing activities designed to enhance continued maintain competence.
Certification provides acknowledgement that participant has acquired the required education/training and demonstrated accomplishment in a specialty field of practice.
Value of continued certification includes:
- Continued learning that improves effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of practice
- Demonstration of commitment to increase knowledge and job performance over time
- Recognition by insurers, regulators, hospitals, public, or clients as meeting high standards
- Continuous alignment with evolving industry requirements and standards
- Better processes, improved outcomes, and/or cost savings associated with job performance
- Improved likelihood of greater adherence to evidence-based guidelines for care