Do you have an eye for detail? Does medical “detective work” sound fascinating to you? If so, then medical coding might be the career for you.

The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) Medical Coder and Health Information Professionals program offers adults ages 18 and older the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience needed to obtain employment as medical coder, medical records, medical biller, and coding specialist.

Meet the Instructor


Jeanne Jarka, CPC

Medical Coding Instructor

What You Will Learn:
  • How to code using ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding systems
  • To use coding manuals and encoder software
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Records and Health Information (includes billing and health insurance introduction)
  • Professional Development (job readiness)

 Program Information

  • Classes Start: January each year
  • 9 Month Program & Internship
  • Class Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am – 3pm
  • Identification, High School Diploma/HSE Required or High School Transcript

Enrollment Schedule

  1. August 1st to November 17th, Mon.–Thurs.
    No appointment, Walk-in only
  2. Testing is scheduled Monday-Thursday from 9:00am – 2:00pm. No testing after 2:00pm.

Scholarship Program

  • Covers Tuition, Books & National Exam

Registration open until class is filled.

Email Deborah Porter for questions.

Learning to interpret patient health information from the medical record to assign the principal and secondary diagnoses and procedures and to assure they are sequenced properly to ensure reimbursement is the core of this work.
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This accelerated program is offered once a year and includes 34 weeks of full-time, Monday-Friday classroom instruction followed by a 6 to 8 week internship at one of our clinical affiliates: Kaleida Health; Catholic Health Systems; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Erie County Medical Center and other medical billing and coding providers.

Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the national coding exam of their choice to become a certified medical coder. American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the Medical Association of Billers or National Health career Association exam. These are nationally recognized credentialing agencies.

We start accepting applications from August 1 to November 1 of each year for classes that start in January. Visit our Enrollment page for details on how to apply.  Please send all questions to .