Intraoperative Neuromonitoring certificate program receives accreditation

BLOOMSBURG—The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania post-BA Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) certificate program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The CAAHEP is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 26 review Committees on Accreditation. CAAHEP currently accredits more than 2,200 entry level education programs in 33 health science professions.

The IONM certificate program at BU is one of just three accredited programs in the United States.

IONM is directly aimed at reducing the risk of neurological deficits after operations that involve the nervous system. IONM makes use of recordings of electrical potentials from the nervous system during surgical operations. Monitoring the state of the nervous system in “real-time” during surgery allows for corrective actions to be implemented to prevent permanent deficits, thus improving patient safety and surgical outcomes.

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.

“This accreditation recognizes the excellent academic and clinical preparation of our graduates as provided by the program and faculty,” said Shaheen Awan, Ph.D., chairperson of the department of communication sciences and disorders. “We are very proud to be one of just three institutions in the country to receive accreditation.”