IONM Certification Program - Course Descriptions


Fall Semester

CSD 650 Intro to IONM (3 Credits)

Description: This is a general introduction of clinical neurophysiology and functional monitoring. This course will familiarize the student with the general issues of science and practice of IONM. The IONM principle and history, electroneurophysiological modalities, practical aspects of perioperative monitoring, and routine operation room practice will be reviewed.

CSD 653 IONM Anesthesia (3 Credits)

Description: This is a clinical neurophysiology and functional monitoring course specific to the disorders monitored during cerebral surgery. This course will familiarize the student with the IONM knowledge and techniques used for cerebral monitoring and protection. Brain anatomy, neurophysiology, neurological diseases, pathology, specific surgical procedures, and anesthetic considerations will be reviewed and integrated with perioperative SSEP, TceMEP, EEG (ECoG) and TCD monitoring.

CSD 656 IONM Cranial Surgery (3 Credits)

Description: Provides students with supervised experience in the practical application of IONM instrumentation and procedures. This course will allow students to obtain exposure to the operating room environment and gain competence with the IONM protocols for a variety of surgeries. Students will also prepare for the Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic lntraoperative Monitoring (CNIM). This practicum involves on-site training at various hospitals. Prerequisites: Admission to IONM certificate program.

CSD 659 IONM Instr/Pract App I (3 Credits)

Description: Provides students with supervised experience in the practical application of IONM instrumentation and procedures. This course will allow students to obtain exposure to the operating room environment and gain competence with the IONM protocols for a variety of surgeries. Students will also prepare for the Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic lntraoperative Monitoring (CNIM). This practicum involves on-site training at various hospitals. Prerequisites: Admission to IONM certificate program.

Spring Semester

CSD 651 Functional Human Neuroanatomy (3 Credits)

Description: Introduces students to functional human neuroanatomy of cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, thalamus/hypothalamus, brains tern, reticular formation, cerebellum, spinal cord, motor system, somatosensory system, limbic system, visual system, auditory/vestibular system, the blood supply of the nervous system, cranial nerves and peripheral nerves, autonomic nervous system, the meninges, ventricular system, and cerebrospinal fluid. Both the normal functioning and particular pathologies of these systems will be discussed with the emphasis on clinical vignettes to illustrate the concepts to facilitate the interpretation and memorization of essential neuroanatomic information. This course emphasizes the correlation between IONM and the function of the relevant anatomical structures. Prerequisites: Admission to and good standing in the Au.D. program.

CSD 654 Clinical Neurophysiology: EEG (3 Credits)

Description: Familiarizes the student with the EEG knowledge and techniques used for brain monitoring and protection. This is a clinical neurophysiology and functional monitoring course specific to electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring during surgery. Neurophysiological basis of EEG recording, adult and pediatric EEG, Epileptic EEG, neurological and medical EEG, and neuropharmacological EEG will be reviewed and integrated with neural functional monitoring and protection during surgery. Prerequisites: Admission to and good standing in the Au.D. Program.

CSD 655 IONM Skull Base Surgery and Neural Function Protection (3 Credits)

Description: This is a clinical neurophysiology and functional monitoring course specific to the disorders monitored during skull base surgery. This course will familiarize the student with the IONM knowledge and techniques used for skull base neural monitoring and protection. Skull base anatomy, neurophysiology, neurological diseases, pathology, specific surgical procedures, and anesthetic considerations will be reviewed and integrated with perioperative ABR, SSEP, VEP, S-EMG, T-EMG, NCS and MEP monitoring.

AUSLP 659 IONM Instr/Pract App II (3 Credits)

Description: Provides students with supervised experience in the practical application of IONM instrumentation and procedures. This course will allow students to obtain exposure to the operating room environment and gain competence with the IONM protocols for a variety of surgeries. Students will also prepare for the Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic lntraoperative Monitoring (CNIM). This practicum involves on-site training at various hospitals. Prerequisites: Admission to IONM certificate program.

Summer Semester

CSD 652 Clinical Neurophysiology: Sensory and Motor (3 Credits)

Description: Introduces students to the neurophysiology for the motor and sensory systems. This is a clinical neurophysiological course specific relevant to IONM. Nerve conduction study (NCS), Electromyography (EMG), Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), auditory evoked potentials (ABR), visual evoked potentials (VEP), motor evoked potentials (MEP) will be reviewed and integrated with functional monitoring and protection during surgery. Prerequisites: Admission to and good standing in the Au.D. program.

CSD 657 IONM Spine Surgery and Neural Function Protection (3 Credits)

Description: This is a clinical neurophysiology and functional monitoring course specific to the disorders monitored during spine surgery. This course will familiarize the student with the IONM knowledge and techniques used for spinal cord monitoring and protection. Spinal cord anatomy, neurophysiology, spine diseases, pathology, specific surgical procedures, and anesthetic considerations will be reviewed and integrated with perioperative SSEP, DSEP, Spinal Epidural Potentials, MEP, S-EMG, and T-EMG monitoring.

CSD 658 IONM Neurophysiological Mapping and Functional Imaging (3 Credits)

Description: This is a clinical physiological mapping and imaging navigation course specific stereotactic and functional surgery. This course will familiarize the student with the central nervous system (CNS) neurophysiological mapping and functional navigation imaging techniques. The CNS structural mapping, deep brain stimulation/targeting, and functional navigation imaging study will be review and integrated with CNS disorders monitored during surgery.

CSD 659 IONM Instr/Pract App III (3 Credits)

Description: Provides students with supervised experience in the practical application of IONM instrumentation and procedures. This course will allow students to obtain exposure to the operating room environment and gain competence with the IONM protocols for a variety of surgeries. Students will also prepare for the Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic lntraoperative Monitoring (CNIM). This practicum involves on-site training at various hospitals. Prerequisites: Admission to IONM certificate program.