Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) Certificate Program

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) Certificate Program:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned


Program Length

2 years

Start Date

September 14, 2020


Tuition is payable on a course-by-course basis

Application Deadline

July 8, 2020


The Michener Institute and the Canadian Association of Neurophysiological Monitoring (CANM) have partnered to offer a one of a kind online certificate program towards professional accreditation in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM).

Qualified IONM practitioners help prevent surgical injury that can result in deficits such as paralysis. By continuously assessing the patient’s nervous system responses, IONM practitioners can alert the surgeon to unexpected changes, allowing for timely interventions. This work is expanding quickly in operating rooms around the world and is vital for protecting patients during high risk surgery.

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Certificate Program will help prepare you for a career in IONM and ensure that you are ready when certification becomes a requirement for practice. Completion of this certificate program will enable students to apply for a clinical practicum in IONM at a CANM accredited center. Students not currently working in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring will be required to coordinate and complete their own practicum in preparation for accreditation. The clinical practicum is not part of the certificate program. For more information about the practicum, please contact CANM.

Who is this program intended for?

Some of the professions this program might appeal to and/or have successfully completed the program and transitioned into the field include:

    1. Nurses
    2. Kinesiologists
    3. Neuro-Diagnostic Technologists
    4. EEG Technologists
    5. Anesthesia Assistants
    6. Neurophysiologists
    7. Physician Assistants
    8. Medical Lab Technologists/Assistants
    9. Rehab Therapists

          Admission Requirements

          Admission Requirements:

          (All applications will be reviewed by Michener with final approval by the CANM Admissions Board.)

          Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

          1. Currently practicing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring with an accredited hospital or
          2. Full CANM membership (please visit the CANM website for membership criteria) or
          3. Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field (with preference given to courses in human anatomy and physiology or other health sciences)

          Note: The same admission criteria apply to individual courses.

          Program Requirements:

          Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, and access to the Internet.

          How to apply

          Please submit the following to Michener:

          All applicants:

          • Completed Michener Application Form
          • Detailed resume
          • Clear identification of the Admission Requirement under which you are applying (1, 2, or 3 above)
          • Proof of an English language assessment (if applicable*)
          • A $35 non-refundable application fee

          In addition:

          1. Applicants currently practicing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) with an accredited hospital require a letter from their employer confirming the length of time employed directly in IONM, and the estimated hours per month.

          2. Full CANM members require proof of CANM Full Member status.

          3. Applicants who are applying with a Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field require:

          i) official transcripts

          Note: If you are an internationally educated applicant, please be aware that you must have a full Course by Course evaluation of your university transcripts by the World Education Service (WES) or a Comprehensive evaluation from the International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS). Documents must be evaluated to Canadian standards.

          ii) a 500-word essay outlining why you are seeking a career in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and how you feel your background and experience are suited to this career

          Please submit your application to:

          Office of the Registrar
          Attention: CANM program
          The Michener Institute
          222 St. Patrick St.
          Toronto ON M5T 1V4


          *Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet Michener’s English language proficiency requirements, providing proof of an English language assessment if required.

          Please note, the application process for international students is slightly different. Visit the international admissions page for more information.

          If you have questions regarding the program or application process, please contact

          Application Deadlines

          Fall 2020

          Application Deadline: 8 July 2020
          Registration Deadline: 4 September 2020
          Course Start Date: 14 September 2020

          Late applications will not be accepted.


          Tuition is payable on a course-by-course basis and includes access to program materials (with the exception of required textbooks), instructor support, and evaluation.

          Individual courses are offered at a rate of $1,500 CAD per course for domestic students and $2,250 CAD per course for international students.


          The six-course online program comprises the following courses (to be taken in order):

           Courses 2020 Cohort
          IONM 110 Clinical Sciences for Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Start Date:
          14 September 2020
          End Date:
          13 December 2020
          Register By:
          4 September 2020
          IONM 120 Basic Principles of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Start Date:
          11 January 2021
          End Date:
          11 April 2021
          Register By:
          1 January 2021
          IONM 130 Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Modalities I Start Date:
          26 April 2021
          End Date:
          25 July 2021
          Register By:
          16 April 2021
          IONM 140 Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Modalities II September 2021
          IONM 150 Considerations for Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring January 2022
          IONM 160 Advanced Topics in Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring April 2022

          Note: Full CANM members are permitted to take courses individually and non-sequentially with or without applying for the Certificate.