Clinical Sciences for Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

ONLINE – login information will be emailed the week before the course start date


$1500 domestic / $2250 international


12 weeks


Dr. Jamie Johnston

Learner Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course students are expected to have achieved the following competencies:

  1. Fluency in the use of anatomical language and terminology
  2. The understanding of the ionic and cellular basis of action potential generation & propagation, including synaptic transmission & post- synaptic signal processing/integration
  3. A basic understanding of the gross anatomy and blood supply of the central & peripheral nervous systems
  4. A fundamental understanding of sensory system anatomy & physiology
  5. A fundamental understanding of motor system anatomy & physiology
  6. A fundamental understanding of sensorimotor integration in the control of voluntary movement
  7. An appreciation of nervous system disease, plasticity & repair

Course Objectives

This is a text based self-study course that covers the basic anatomy of the brain and sensory systems. This course provides a starting point for the integration of information necessary for future neurophysiological monitoring professionals.

The course is divided into 12 learning modules (sections) some of which are further subdivided into learning units. Each unit of instruction will be presented with learning objectives as guidance and to emphasize key concepts. Instructional videos have been utilized throughout the course and the content of these are expected to be mastered.

Evaluation Method

Online quiz after each module, final multiple choice online exam

Intended For

Health professionals who are or will be working in an intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring role.


Only full CANM members are permitted to register for this course without first applying for the Certificate Program.

Text Book

Haines, D. Fundamental Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications, Saunders [Not included in course fee. It is recommended that students obtain this text book prior to starting the course. Students are responsible for acquiring course textbooks. The textbook is currently in its 5th edition; the 4th edition is also acceptable.]

Certificate Program

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) Certificate Program


  • Enrolled in the IONM Certificate Program and/or Full CANM membership – please submit your CANM membership number when registering for the course.

Topics Covered

  • Anatomy: systems overview
  • Nerve cells: structure and propagation of nerve impulses
  • Structure of the nervous system
  • Spine and spinal cord
  • Cerebral cortex
  • Sub-cortical areas and cranial nerves
  • Blood supply to the brain and spinal cord
  • Sensory systems: light touch and balance
  • Sensory systems: vision and hearing
  • Motor systems: spinal cord, motoneurons and muscle contraction
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Plasticity in the adult brain and spinal cord

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