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CCM Respiratory Therapy Student Wins Excellence Award

New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care Award Comes with Scholarship

Jessica Ganly of Vernon, a respiratory therapy student at County College of Morris (CCM), was recently presented with a New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care Student Excellence Award.

The award is given in recognition of a student’s academic success, based upon his or her grade point average and involvement in community service. Along with the award, recipients are presented with a $500 scholarship.  
Ganly is passionate about respiratory therapy and says eventually she would like to work as a respiratory therapist possibly in a pediatric environment. Regarding her recent award, she said, “I’m very excited; it’s really nice to be recognized by a society that supports your profession.”

Kathleen Smith-Wenning MA, RRT, director of clinical education for the Respiratory Therapy program at CCM noted that “Ganly is a constant professional with a great smile.”

A previous CCM recipient of the award, Jeremy Jorda, is now a respiratory clinical therapy instructor at the college. He received the award in 2008.

The Respiratory Clinical Therapy program at CCM offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students in the program are provided with the knowledge and skills they need to become licensed by the state and earn national accreditation. 

Graduates of the program work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, pulmonary rehabilitation centers and physician offices.

There are two phases to the program: a pre-professional phase and a professional phase.  In the pre-professional phase, students take all the general education and science prerequisites either as a part-time or full-time student. In the professional phase, students take respiratory therapy courses and participate in clinical education, preferably as a full-time student. For more information on the program, contact Kathleen Smith-Wenning at 973-328-5423 or email ksmith-wenning@ccm.edu.