John Rutkowski, of Hopatcong, professor and program director of the Respiratory Therapy program at County College of Morris (CCM), recently was named a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for his lasting contributions to the profession and to AARC.
Rutkowski was formally inducted as a fellow during AARC’s 60th International Respiratory Congress in December in Las Vegas.
In addition, Rutkowski recently was recertified as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Being named a fellow of ACHE signifies expertise, experience and a commitment to continuing education and professional development.
Rutkowski has a long history in both respiratory therapy and education. Before joining the CCM faculty in 2012, he held teaching positions at Hudson County Community College, Montclair State University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
He also served as a co-investigator for a grant project focused on the development of an artificial mechanical ventilation simulator and has been involved in clinical research with pulmonary and critical care physicians. In addition, working with the American Lung Association in New Jersey, he played a key role in changing school policy in the state so students with asthma can carry their own medications to use when needed.
A strong believer in the power of community and professional service, he volunteers with the Pediatric and Adult Asthma Coalition in New Jersey and the American Lung Association. He also has provided testimony at Environmental Protection Agency hearings on clean air legislation.
Rutkowski holds an MPA in public administration, health care policy and management from Seton Hall University, an MBA in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a B.A. in chemistry from New Jersey City University and an A.S. in respiratory therapy from York College of Pennsylvania.
To learn more about CCM’s Respiratory Therapy program, visit http://tinyurl.com/ofu84ar
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