Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring
(IONM) is a medical procedure performed during surgeries that can
affect the functioning of the nervous system. It has been shown to
significantly reduce the occurrence of neurological damage during
high-risk surgeries in adult and pediatric populations. Use
of neuromonitoring can prevent injuries that would severely affect
the lives of patients, such as: paralysis, muscle weakness, and loss of sensations like hearing, vision, and touch.
Coursework at Carlow University in neuroscience disciplines
provides the necessary foundation for students to have an in-depth
understanding of the functioning and anatomical structures of the
Students complete the degree with instructors at UPMC Procirca's
Center for Clinical Neurophysiology This highly
specialized training allows students:
- hands-on training
- the opportunity to observe and assist in up to 150 surgical
- to accumulate the clinical hours necessary to take the ABRET's Certification in
Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM) Exam to be a
certified Surgical Neurophysiologist.
Requirements for bachelor of science in Behavioral Neuroscience with certification in Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring
Candidates must satisfy all requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. Senior Experience/capstone is waived as it will be fulfilled by clinical coursework at UPMC. Intraoperative Neuromonitoring coursework is determined by UPMC’s Procirca -Center for Clinical Neurophysiology.
Along with meeting UPMC’s Procirca - Center for Clinical Neurophysiology's admission requirements, students must meet Carlow University’s prerequisites for approval and recommendation to enter the program: science course GPA of 3.0 or higher, overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have the recommendation of science faculty and/or advisor based on demonstrated integrity and excellence in academic pursuits. Transfer students must have an overall and science course GPA of 3.0 to be considered for the program.
Why choose this program?
Carlow University's program in cooperation with UPMC's Procirca
- Center for Clinical Neurophysiology's B.S. program is special in
that there are only 3 other programs listed by ASET, The
Neurodiagnostic Society, that offer a BS degree that leads to a
career in Neuromonitoring.
Graduates from UPMC's program report salary ranges from
$75,000-$90,000 per year.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics describes the profession of
IONM as having a "bright outlook" with faster than average
projected growth (22% or higher). Employment opportunities
are in many sectors including:
- healthcare companies
- specialized sleep and epilepsy labs
- research in academic and industry setting
- industry sales.
"Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) represents an exciting
intersection between the fields of Neuroscience, Computer Science,
and Healthcare. Professionals in the field of IONM work in
the Operating Room alongside Surgeons and Neurologists to help
ensure that patients undergoing surgical procedures are protected
from injury. Until very recently, there has never been a
purely academic route into the field of IONM, and many employers
only want to hire experienced individuals who have their
certification. Procirca of UPMC and Carlow are excited to
offer the first program in the world that allows students to attain
a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with a concentration
in Neuromonitoring. Graduates from our program will be
eligible to sit for their boards (CNIM) and find employment
immediately upon receiving their diploma, having benefitted from
training at one of the top IONM programs in the world."
Josh Sunderlin, MS, CNIM - Program Director
"Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring is a relatively
new, challenging, and rapidly growing field which requires well
trained and educated practitioners. I not only had the good
fortune of finding IONM as a career, but also to be trained with
Procirca. Under the supervision of industry leading
professionals, Procirca provides extensive training of all current
monitoring techniques and explores new areas in which they can be
approved. I am proud to work for Procirca because I know
that I am working with a team that shares my values, and puts
patient care first. Procirca provides all the tools
necessary to help people become top clinicians in the field of
Nicholas Karkowsky, CNIM
"I had a unique opportunity to graduate from the first
undergraduate intraoperative neuromonitoring program in the
country, and I continually advocate for the value of both the
advanced knowledge and direct clinical experience it provided.
Pursuing a concentration in IONM was the perfect intersection of my
collective interests in neuroscience, anatomy, physiology, and
medicine. Taking intraoperative monitoring courses, coupled with
hands-on clinical experience in operating rooms, allowed me to
immediately step into a full time IONM surgical position, bypassing
several years of typical on-the-job training. "
Kylie Burnham, CNIM
NEU 221 Neurophysiology:
Neurophysiology is a one-semester undergraduate-level hybrid
course designed to provide students in Behavior Neuroscience tracks
with an overview of neurophysiology and current topics in
neuroscience. The course will also introduce basic research and
diagnostic techniques used to investigate the nervous system.
Attention will be given developing analytical and communication
skills necessary to investigate and report on topics in the
field. This is a 4-credit course with 3 hours of lecture
instruction and 2 hours of lab instruction per week.
This one semester undergraduate course is designed to introduce
the equipment and modalities used in IONM to students who are
preparing for a career in neuromonitoring. Emphasis will be
placed on reading, evaluating, and presenting scientific journal
articles. Students are also required to complete a research
project that makes use of IONM equipment, and submit a final
paper. This is a 4-credit course with 3 hours of lecture
instruction and 2 hours of lab instruction per week.
Introduction to Neuromonitoring for Surgical Procedures:
Students learn from hands on experience in the operating rooms
of UPMC hospitals during basic surgical procedures. Each
student is paired with a preceptor who provides instruction on how
to set-up for, and perform the different neuromonitoring modalities
used in the specific surgical procedure being performed.
Outside of the operating room, students participate in didactic
lectures and case review sessions.
Neuromonitoring for Advanced Surgical Procedures:
Students learn from hands on experience in the operating rooms of
UPMC hospitals during more complex surgical procedures that require
multiple IONM modalities. Each student is paired with a
preceptor who provides instruction on how to set-up and perform
multi-modality IONM. During this course, students will be
assessed for how well they make the transition from being passive
observers to active primary providers of IONM.
For more information, contact Stephanie Wilsey (Psychology) or Janine Bartholomew (Biology).