Medical Coder and Health Information Professionals Program

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 gainful employment as medical coder, coding specialist and coder/abstractor.

There is no cost to attend this program. BCAT awards every student selected for our workforce development programs with scholarships to cover the costs of tuition, books and supplies. A limited number of students will be accepted for each session.

Our Medical Coder and Health Information Professional program is taught by a Certified Professional Coder. Adult students learn how to code using CPT, ICD-10CM/PCS and HCPCS coding systems, using coding manuals and encoder software as well as intensive Medical Terminology, Anatomy/Physiology and Disease Pathophysiology and Medical Records and Health Information (also known as Health Information Manager).

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.

This accelerated program is offered once a year and includes 34 weeks of full-time, Monday-Friday classroom instruction followed by an six- to eight-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 exam. These are two of the nationally recognized credentialing agencies.

BCAT’s Medical Coder and Health Information Professional program is offered once a year. We start accepting application 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

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