Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) is a healthcare field that utilizes many measures to monitor and assess the ongoing functional integrity of the central or peripheral nervous system on patients in a hospital operating room or other acute care setting. Used to detect injuries to the nervous system during surgeries, IONM has reduced the risk of debilitating neurological deficits after operations, such as muscle weakness, paralysis, hearing loss, and other loss of normal neurological body functions.
The University of Connecticut’s (UConn's) Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Graduate Certificate prepares students for a healthcare career in this rapidly growing field. Designed by faculty from UConn's Department of Physiology and Neurobiology in collaboration with Safe Passage Neuromonitoring*, this six-week, 9-credit summer certificate program provides the skills and knowledge needed for students to be trained in the field of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring and prepares them to be hired into a full-time position as a Neuromonitoring Technologist, and actively participate in surgical cases that employ neuromonitoring.
After completing 150 cases in an intraoperative setting, individuals will be eligible to take the national exam for certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM) offered by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).
After completing UConn's IONM Graduate Certificate program, students will:
· Learn to identify the major structures in central and peripheral nervous systems; and be familiarized with major skeletal structures, muscles, attachments, and ligaments.
· Understand the basics of recording signals, main neuromonitoring modalities, and common surgeries employing neuromonitoring techniques.
· Become trained with intraoperative neuromonitoring recording machines, write protocols, and use simulator programs that represent examples of signal acquisition in a laboratory setting.
This 9-credit certificate program is designed to provide an integrated and intensive learning experience. The program is delivered through a hybrid format, taking advantage of both face-to-face and online teaching methods. Students can complete the 9-credit certificate in one summer. Instructor consent is required to enroll in this program; an undergraduate course background in biology is recommended.
* UConn is pleased to acknowledge the collaboration of Safe Passage Neuromonitoring and the expert advice of Dr. Payam Andalib, M.D., Ph.D., CNIM, Senior Surgical Neurophysiologist.