Medical Coder 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 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 program is taught by Colene Melson, M.S.Ed.,CPC,CMBS. Adult students learn how to code using CPT, ICD-9-CM, 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 Health Information and Management.
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 35 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 and Erie County Medical Center.
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. AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (The American Health Information and Management Association) are two of the nationally recognized coding credentials.
BCAT’s Medical Coder Program is offered once a year. We start accepting application from September-November of each year for classes that start in January. Visit our Enrollment page for details on how to apply. If you would like to speak to a BCAT representative or schedule a tour, please call (716) 259-1680.