Medical Coder and Health Information Professionals

About the career.

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

BCAT’s 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 a medical coder, medical records, medical biller, and coding specialist

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.
This accelerated program is offered once a year and includes nine months  of classroom instruction, Monday through Thursday, followed by a 3 week internship at one of our clinical affiliates: Kaleida Health, Catholic Health Systems, Erie County Medical Center and other medical billing and coding providers.

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)
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.

Program information

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

Enrollment schedule

  • August 1- November 17
  • Testing is scheduled Mon-Thurs from 9-2:00 pm 

Scholarship program

  • Covers tuition, books & national exam

Registration open until class is filled.

Fill Out the Pre-Registration Form
and/or Apply In Person at 1221 Main Street

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