Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM)


Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (IONM) encompasses the application of a wide variety of electrophysiological methods to monitor the functional integrity of neural structures during surgery. Monitoring the state of the nervous system in “real-time” during surgery allows for corrective actions to be implemented to prevent permanent deficits, thus improving patient safety and surgical outcomes.

Although most large academic and the majority of community hospitals now offer IONM services, there remains a shortage of qualified technologists to meet the demand. Most IONM technologists learn on the job and often have no formal curriculum to follow. Many lack suitable skills, knowledge, abilities, training, and expertise to provide IONM service effectively. Generally, technologists also lack the medical knowledge to advise the surgeon about the clinical options when surgical changes do occur.

Bloomsburg University'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 by providing a one year training program for students interested in pursuing a career as IONM technologists.

IONM benefits for a variety of surgeries

  • Neurosurgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Interventional Radiological Procedures
  • Genitourinary Surgery
  • Other General Surgeries

 

IONM Certificate Program

234 Centennial Hall
570-389-5381
Fax: 570-389-2035

 

Contact GayAnne Spezialetti (gspezial@bloomu.edu) for more information on the application process.

IONM Admission Requirements

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 insure 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.

IONM Teaching Faculty

  • Qing Yue, (qyue@bloomu.edu), M.D., Ph.D., is a professor and program coordinator of IONM at Bloomburg University and an affiliate member of Department of Neurophysiology, Geisinger health system
  • Tyson Hale, Au.D., BCS-IOM, is the IONM coordinator for Geisinger Medical Center and an adjunct faculty at Bloomsburg University
  • Aaron Knecht, Au.D. is a senior IONM technologist at Geisinger and BU IONM teaching coordinator
  • Neil R. Holland, M.D., MBA, FAAN, is the interim director of department of neurology, Geisinger Health System and the chief medical advisor of BU's IONM certificate program
  • Jill M. Gotoff, M.D. is the director of pediatric neurophysiology and comprehensive epilepsy program, Geisinger Health System and co-medical director of BU's IONM certificate program

 

Academic and Clinical Remediation

Bloomsburg University Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology is committed to preparing clinicians who are ready to enter 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 both 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) assessment are used in evaluating students’ progress. Students whose academic or clinical performance falls below graduate expectations will be provided with 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.