Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM)

IONM Certificate Program

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM)


IONM Teaching Faculty

  • Qing Yue (qyue@bloomu.edu), Ph.D., M.D., is an associate professor in 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

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

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

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IONM Certificate Program

IONM Course Sequence

IONM Application Process

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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 โ€œreal-timeโ€ 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 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.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosures

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