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Intraoperative Neuromonitoring

Our CAAHEP accredited program offers you the flexibility of online learning, with three on-campus visits.

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Labouré College is happy to announce that its Intraoperative Neuromonitoring certificate is now accredited by CAAHEP.


Labouré's program:

  • Is the first IONM certificate accredited by CAAHEP
  • Can be completed in 2 semesters
  • Is delivered online with 3 campus visits
  • Requires 16 hours/week of clinical near your home

A respected member of the operating team, the neuromonitorist is a patient’s guardian angel in the operating room.

To better understand the history of IONM and what a day in the life of a neuromonitorist looks like, read our article Angels in the OR.

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What does an Intraoperative Neuromonitorist do?

While a patient is under anesthesia and the doctor is performing surgery, the intraoperative neuromonitorist is monitoring the patient to ensure their safety. Through electrical potentials emitted from the patient’s nervous system, the neuromonitorist can determine if the patient is losing oxygen to the brain, or about to have a stroke, and immediately alert the surgeon. In a situation where every second counts, the presence of a neuromonitorist during surgery has become invaluable and is increasing the demand for certified IONM professionals in the operating room.

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Graduates of Labouré’s IONM program

After completing this program and documentation of 100 cases in an intraoperative setting, students are prepared to take the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (CNIM) exam.

The IONM Certificate program at Labouré College provides high quality education for entry-level neuromonitorists. Completing the program at Labouré College indicates that students, measured by the program’s goals, have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Function in an entry-level IONM position as a primary monitorist under supervision, in accordance with guidelines and standards of practice established by accrediting bodies, individual facilities and state regulatory agencies.
  • Meet competencies designated by the accrediting bodies and adopted by the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists (ASET), the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), and the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM).
  • Utilize the skills necessary to collaborate as an integral part of the interdisciplinary operating room team, delivering professional, competent neuromonitoring, which results in improved patient outcomes.

Frequently asked questions about our IONM program:

Who is right for IONM?

Intraoperative neuromonitoring is a great fit for a unique kind of student. Utilizing both direct patient care and extraordinary critical thinking skills, students in IONM not only have to be experts in Neuroanatomy and neurodiagnostic technology, they must also possess exemplary communication skills. As an intraoperative neuromonitorist, you need to feel comfortable talking with patients about the procedure and also working with a diverse team in the operating room. Advocating for the patient during surgery is just as crucial as interpreting the delicate world of the brain and central nervous system. Students who have been successful in IONM come from all kinds of backgrounds- neuroscience, sports, even geology. There is no “perfect” profile for an IONM student- just a million different ways to be a dedicated, self-starting, independent, team player with exceptional clinical skills.

Is this career in high demand?

Yes. This is a new and emerging field. For safety precautions, more health insurance companies are beginning to demand a qualified neuromonitorist to be present during operations. Laboure’s program is one of the first in the country and its graduates will be among the first group of college-educated, certified IONM specialists.

With few opportunities for education in IONM, there is a push by hospitals, surgeons, and professional organizations to further standardize its practice and teaching. The demand for competent and certified neuromonitorists is huge and right now there are very few of them out there. Even more pressing is the need for high-quality, accredited programs to educate the next wave of IONM graduates. Labouré College is excited to be at the forefront of IONM education, with faculty and clinical instructors who are experts in the field with years of experience and research behind them.

What is the salary expectation?

Salaries in Massachusetts can range from $75,000 to $125,000, depending on position, rank, number of shifts worked, etc. Current national rates range between $50,000 and 100,000. (indeed.com)

How long is the program?

The program is two semesters. Most of your learning will be done online. Students must travel to the College’s Milton, Massachusetts campus on three Saturdays during the program. Students also complete 16 hours per week of clinical, near their home, for the duration of the program.

What are the requirements to apply?

Please review IONM specific application requirements here:
http://www.laboure.edu/application-requirements-intraoperative-neuromonitoring

What kind of procedures does a neuromonitorist perform?

A neuromonitorist performs a variety of specialized recordings, including electroencephalograms (EEG), evoked potentials (SSEP, BAEP, MEP), electromyography (EMG), cranial nerve (CN live and triggered, SEMG/TEMG) and peripheral nerve (PN) monitoring techniques.

How will I communicate with my professors when not on campus?

Many professors find they know their online students better than their face-to-face students because of the social dimension of online learning. Students also find that online classes provide more personalized attention.

You can look forward to dynamic communication between professors and students as daily and weekly classroom and community ties are encouraged within the online environment. Frequent and personal communication, including discussion boards and live “Online Meeting” classes and chats, will create a bond essential to your success. Professors also use weekly announcements and assignment feedback to further ensure access to the professor’s daily presence and availability to support classroom instruction.

What if I have never taken an online course? Will I be successful?

If you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are probably prepared to enroll and succeed in an online course. If you cannot respond “Yes” to all of these questions, you may want to consider enrolling in a hybrid course, which is a combination of an online and on-campus traditional course.

1. When you need help, are you comfortable approaching a professor to ask for clarification?

2. Are you comfortable with a self-learning environment?

3. Do you have good time management skills? Will you be able to schedule your time effectively and to stay on task to complete assignments outside of class?

4. Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?

5. Do you have the ability to read and follow written instructions?

6. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) access to the Web at home?

7. Do you have good computing skills including:

  • Using keyboard and mouse
  • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
  • Software installation, security, and virus protection?

8. Do you have strong web browser/Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases?

9. Do you have the ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers?

10. Do you have strong software application skills such as:

  • Using word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel (i.e., Word)
  • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
  • Sending and downloading attachments?
11. Do you have the equipment and software outlined in the section entitled: Student Hardware and Software Requirements?
Who can help me with learning differences, tutoring, advising and career services?

Online students have all the same college-wide support services as on-campus students. The Center for Student Success and Teaching Excellence (The Center) uses live real-time meeting technology tools to provide online students with opportunities to extend and deepen their classroom learning experiences.  You will have real-time access to academic advising, academic coaching (focused on learning strategies), academic tutoring (focused on course content), basic skill strengthening (e.g., focused on Mathematics, Writing, or Critical Reading), career counseling, and/or short-term personal counseling.

The Center also offers specialized assistance to online students with learning differences, including advocacy, learning strategies, and, when appropriate, reasonable accommodations such as extended time on exams, note-taking assistance, enlarged print, and support in accessing digital audio texts, readers, and/or assistive technologies.

Accessible on-campus and online, the Center strives to be a warm and welcoming community of learners dedicated to fostering student growth and success.

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