A cornerstone component of our education initiative is the CANM-Michener Institute Graduate Certificate in IONM. This innovative online learning program is the first of its kind and will provide learning opportunities for those across Canada and worldwide due to its flexibility and accessibility in offering asynchronous content. The courses range from basic sciences to advanced topics in IONM and will prepare the learner for a career in IONM. The certificate program fosters the students’ eligibility for the national accreditation exam, which is currently under development by CANM.
Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) Graduate Certificate Program
What is IONM?
An established field of allied healthcare dedicated to protecting the nervous system function of patients undergoing high-risk surgery. Surgeons utilize IONM to help guide surgical decision-making during procedures such as scoliosis correction, spine surgery, epilepsy surgery, brain, and spinal cord tumors. IONM professionals work in close collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other operating room staff.
How does it work?
IONM professionals utilize a variety of tests, including motor evoked potentials (MEP), somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP), electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG) and more, to assess the functional status of the patients nervous system throughout the surgical procedure while the patient is under anesthesia. The feedback received from the IONM professional can assist in preventing devastating outcomes, such as paralysis.
Who performs IONM?
Currently, Canada has a core group of highly qualified IONM professionals coming from a range of professional and educational backgrounds.
Why a Graduate Certificate?
A graduate certificate allows IONM education and care to be standardized across the country and provides accessible, consistent, and comprehensive training. To our knowledge, this is the first program dedicated exclusively to IONM.
Why partner with Michener?
CANM selected The Michener Institute of Education for their extensive experience with programs such as Cardiovascular Perfusion, Respiratory Therapy/Anesthesia Assistant, and Physician Assistant – all reputable allied health professions. Michener also holds a unique ability to be innovative and agile, and specializes in online education, which CANM felt was essential for accessibility of this program.