The certificate program provides students with an introduction to the field of IONM, a foundation in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and prepares them for clinical and advanced training. The master’s program, accredited through the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), provides students with the same foundation and preparation, with additional didactic, lab, and clinical training. Clinical cases covered throughout the program can be counted toward the 100 cases needed to sit for the CNIM certification.
What is IONM?
Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) uses neural stimulation and recording of electrical signals from the nervous system during surgical operations. It aims to minimize, reverse, or prevent neurological injury during operative manipulations. The goal is to recognize changes in brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve function prior to irreversible damage. It can also help guide a surgeon during some procedures.
IONM is in Demand
Approximately 750,000 surgical cases use intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) in the United States annually, and the demand is expected to grow as the number of surgical procedures utilizing IONM increases. There are currently over 4000 active board certified CNIM professionals in the field, with an estimated need of over 200 additional certified and trained professionals each year.
We are pleased to announce that Hartford Hospital has joined the list of affiliated clinical partners with the IONM Program in January 2023.
The IONM program held workshops at the NEURON conference on 4/24/23 at Quinnipiac University.