Learn to protect the nervous system during surgery

You’ll learn to keep patients safe during surgeries in the challenging and rapidly growing field of behavioral neuroscience with the Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring concentration. 

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the functioning and anatomical structures of the nervous system through this major. You will be trained to be a surgical neurophysiologist, recording the electrical activity of neurons in real time to protect the functioning of the nervous system during surgery.

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of neurological damage during high-risk surgeries in adults and children.


Bachelor of Science


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring curriculum 

The Behavioral Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary program in neuroscience, building upon the strengths of Carlow University’s biology, psychology and chemistry programs. You will complete the IONM concentration with instructors at the UPMC Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology.

Candidates must satisfy all requirements for the bachelor of science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, meet UPMC Procirca Center for Clinical Neurophysiology’s admission requirement and Carlow University’s prerequisites for approval and recommendation. They must also be recommended by a science faculty member and/or advisor. 

Quick facts

  • Experience highly specialized hands-on training
  • Observe and assist in up to 150 surgical cases
  • Accumulate the clinical hours necessary to take the ABRET’s Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM) Exam to be a certified surgical neurophysiologist

Alternate degree completion options


Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring

This bachelor’s program is one of only four listed by ASET, The Neurodiagnostic Society, to offer a BS degree that leads to a career in neuromonitoring. Graduates can find employment in hospitals, health care companies, specialized sleep and epilepsy labs, education, academic and industry research, and industry sales.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% growth in the number of neurodiagnostic technologists between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all health occupations.

Admission requirements and application process 

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Behavioral Neuroscience faculty

Contact Admissions

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