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Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Certificate

Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) encompasses the application of a wide variety of electrophysiological methods to monitor the functional integrity of neural structures during surgery. This certification prepares you to monitor the state of a patient's nervous system in “real-time” during surgery to improve patient safety and surgical outcomes.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Certificate
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Online
Department
College
Program Contact
Professor of Audiology, program coordinator, IONM
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Program Details

  • Program Goal - Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg's IONM post-baccalaureate certificate program is aimed to bridge the gaps between the increasing demand of qualified technologists and lack of formal educational programs. 
  • Program Options - The IONM program is offered in 3 separate formats:
    • In-Person Certificate: Includes 33 credits over 3 semesters and can be completed in 1 year. Program includes a required clinical practicum. 
    • Online Program: Includes 18 credits over 2 semesters, and no required practicum.
    • Au.D. Concentration: Students enrolled in the Doctorate of Audiology program can choose to enroll in the IONM track (12 additional credits) as part of the program.
  • Delivery - Offered both in-person and 100% online.
  • Program Length - The program can be completed in one year.
  • Who Should Apply - Common applicant majors include health sciences, speech-language pathology and audiology, exercise science, biology, and communication sciences and disorders.

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What is IONM?

  • Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) applies various electrophysiologic methods to monitor the functional integrity of the nervous system during surgery.  

  • The IONM technologist provides neurofunctional feedback and guidance during surgery to protect the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous systems from iatrogenic injury.  

  • IONM benefits a variety of surgeries, including neurosurgery, vascular surgery, ENT surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery, interventional radiological procedures, genitourinary surgery, and other type of surgeries. 

  • IONM training disciplines include human functional neuroanatomy, neurodiagnostic technology, electrophysiology, pathophysiology, biology base of human disease, neurosurgery, spinal Surgery, ENT surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, and neuroanesthesia. 

Courses and Curriculum

Commonwealth U - Bloomsburg is one of the few programs in the country offering IONM training. Our graduates are highly sought after by various IONM providers nationwide. This graduate-level certificate program provides a year of training (33 credit hours) for students with a bachelor's degree to pursue a career as an IONM technologist.

CU Degree Requirements*Degree Works

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

  • A bachelor's degree is required for admission to the certificate program. This graduate certificate program will review and consider applications from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.
  • However, to help ensure success in this certificate training, priority applicants should have had previous academic coursework in at least three of the following areas of study: anatomy, physiology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, psychology, medical terminology, personal health, medical ethics, and applied physics for the health sciences, or similar courses.
  • This one-year certificate program (12 credit hours per semester, total 36 credit hours) will be promoted to students from undergraduate academic programs such as speech pathology and audiology, exercise science, biological and allied health sciences, nursing, psychology and medical physics..
  • Applicants who do not have the expected foundational coursework may be accepted provisionally pending completion of a program of prerequisite study incorporating three of the aforementioned areas of study.
FallSpringSummer

CMSD 650
Intro to IONM


CMSD 652
Clinical Neurophysiology: Evoked Potential / Electromyography


CMSD 657
IONM Spine Surgery


CMSD 659
IONM Instrumentation & Practical Application I

Total = 14 credits

CMSD 651
IONM Functional Human Neuroanatomy


CMSD 654
Clinical Neurophysiology: Electroencephalography / Physics


CMSD 656
IONM Cranial and Vascular Surgery


CMSD 660
IONM Instrumentation and Practical Application II

Total = 14 credits

CMSD 661 IONM Instrumentation and Practical Application III

Total = 5 credits

Practicum Track Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2023) 

  • CMSD 650 Introduction to IONM 
  • CMSD 651 IONM Functional Human Neuroanatomy 
  • CMSD 652 Clinical Neurophysiology: Evoked Potential/Electromyography 
  • CMSD 654 Clinical Neurophysiology: Electroencephalography/Biophysics 
  • CMSD 656 IONM Cranial and Vascular Surgery 
  • CMSD 657 IONM Spine Surgery 
  • CMSD 659 IONM Instrumentation and Practical Application I 
  • CMSD 660 IONM Instrumentation and Practical Application II 
  • CMSD 661 IONM Instrumentation and Practical Application III 
FallSpring

CMSD 650 
Intro to IONM  


CMSD 652 
Clinical Neurophysiology: Evoked Potential / Electromyography 


CMSD 657 
IONM Spine Surgery  
 
Total = 9 credits 

CMSD 651 
IONM Functional Human Neuroanatomy  


CMSD 654 
Clinical Neurophysiology: Electroencephalography / Physics  


CMSD 656 
IONM Cranial and Vascular Surgery  
 
Total = 9 credit

 

Online Non- Practicum Track Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2024) 

  • CMSD 650 Introduction to IONM 

  • CMSD 651 IONM Functional Human Neuroanatomy 

  • CMSD 652 Clinical Neurophysiology: Evoked Potential/Electromyography 

  • CMSD 654 Clinical Neurophysiology: Electroencephalography/Biophysics 

  • CMSD 656 IONM Cranial and Vascular Surgery 

  • CMSD 657 IONM Spine Surgery

Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to preparing clinicians for the workplace. The process of learning the necessary skills for this outcome may vary student by student. The purpose of remediation is to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills in academic and clinical areas. Remediation is intended to facilitate student success and assist with progress toward meeting degree requirements. Both summative (final, at the conclusion of a course/program) and formative (during, periodically throughout a course/program) assessments are used in evaluating students’ progress. Students whose academic or clinical performance falls below graduate expectations will receive remediation opportunities as part of formative assessment. Students are encouraged to take advantage of remediation opportunities to avoid academic consequences such as course repeats or recommendations for dismissal from the program. Remediation may include but is not limited to a clinical skills development plan, revision or completion of equivalent academic coursework, re-examination, or other methods as stipulated by instructional faculty and, where necessary, in conjunction with clinical staff. Students requiring remediation will complete and sign a remediation plan form, which will be retained in their academic file. Remediation plans may be developed by faculty and/or clinical supervisors together with students. 

  • Q: What is IONM?
    A: Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) encompasses the application of a wide variety of electrophysiological methods to monitor the functional integrity of neural structures during surgery. This certification prepares you to monitor the state of a patient's nervous system in “real-time” during surgery to improve patient safety and surgical outcomes.
  • Q: What subjects are covered in the IONM program?
    A: IONM training disciplines Include human functional neuroanatomy, neurodiagnostic technology, electrophysiology, pathophysiology, biology base of human disease, neurosurgery, spinal Surgery, ENT surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, and neuroanesthesia.
  • Q: Is there a required undergraduate major needed for admission?
    A: No - But priority consideration is given to students from health sciences, communication disorders, exercise science, and biology.
  • Q: What is the career outlook for IONM professionals?
    A: The nationwide demand for qualified IONM professionals is very high. The average salary range is between $72,000 and $99,000 per year (ZipRecruiter). IONM professionals are employed by major hospitals as well as private companies.
  • Q: How is the program delivered?
    A: Offered both in-person and online.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to work as surgical neurophysiologist as IONM technologist. 

ONWARD AND UPWARD

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Placement Rate for Graduates
33 credits
Program can be completed in one year.

Careers

IONM technologists are in high demand and are employed by major hospitals as well as private companies. The nationwide demand for qualified IONM technologists is very high. The current average salary for IONM technologists is approximately $70,000/year. Career options include:

Potential Job Opportunities

  • IONM Specialist
  • Surgical Neurophysiologist
  • Neurophysiology Supervisor
  • IONM Technician
  • Neuromonitoring Technologist
  • CNIM Neurophysiologist

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