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Respiratory Therapy Faculty

Meet the Leadership and Faculty

Respiratory Therapy Program

Faculty in the Respiratory Therapy program are highly qualified educators with considerable clinical experience in the field. They ensure the program is of high quality, accessible, and inclusive for all students. They constantly work to keep the program at cutting-edge level, and regularly review and update the program according to evidence-based best practices. 

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Barry Ransom, MS, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS

Program Director

Barry Ransom has been a respiratory therapist for over 25 years, working primarily in adult and trauma critical care. He also has over 20 years of experience in respiratory and health sciences education and was the Director of Clinical Education for the UMDNJ/Rutgers Respiratory Therapy program from 2013-2017. Professor Ransom earned his AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Atlantic Cape Community College/UMDNJ in 1996, BS in Allied Health from Widener University in 2010, and MS in Respiratory Care Leadership from Northeastern University in 2015. He is currently the president of the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care, an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care.


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Paul Swietlik, MA, RRT, RRT-NPS

Director of Clincial Education

Paul Swietlik has been a respiratory therapist for over 39 years, primarily in adult/neonatal critical care, including eight years of experience as a director in two major medical centers. Professor Swietlik worked as a clinical educator and sales excutive for a major ventilator manufacturer for 12 years. He served as Program Director and director of clinical education at Delaware County Community College/Crozer Chester Medical Center, a consortium program in Pennsylvania. Professor Swietlik earned an AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Community College of Philadelphia in 1981, a BS in Business Science in 1994, and an MA in Education from Villanova University in 2002.

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Director, Degree Advancement Program & Partnership Relations

Mitchell O’Shea has been a respiratory therapist for 26 years, working in adult, pediatric and neonatal population areas with specialized focus in trauma, surgical, neurologic, cardiovascular critical care areas and in pulmonary diagnostics. He has over 16 years of teaching experience and served as Program Director and Director of Clinical Education for the Union County College Respiratory Care Program. Professor O’Shea was an Adjunct Professor and Instructor for the Brookdale Respiratory Therapy Program for 7 years. He earned his AAS in Respiratory Therapy from State University of New York, BS in Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine from Manhattan College, and MA in Applied Physiology from Columbia University. He is an active member of the American Association of Respiratory Care and the National Academy of Practices in Respiratory Care and is president-elect of the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care, an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care. 

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Maria Caltabiano-Gonzalez, MBA, RRT

Senior Lecturer

Maria Caltabiano-Gonzalez has been a Respiratory Therapist for over 13 years, working with adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients in the hospital setting. In addition, she served as an adjunct clinical instructor for Respiratory Therapy programs for several years. Maria earned her AAS in Respiratory Therapy from Salem Community College/ UMDNJ in 2010, a BS in Applied Science and Technology in 2015, and a MBA in Healthcare Administration from Thomas Edison State University in 2017.


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Nicole Scivoletti-Polan, DO

Medical Director

Nicole Scivoletti is a pulmonologist at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill and Inspira Health Center Woodbury. Dr. Scivoletti-Polan earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine. She is board certified by the American Osteopathic Association in internal medicine, pulmonary, and critical care. Dr. Scivoletti-Polan practices collaborative care, working with a team of specialists to help treat her patients. With a compassionate approach, she works to ensure her patients reach their health goals so they can enjoy day-to-day experiences to the fullest. Dr. Scivoletti-Polan has been named one of South Jersey’s top doctors by SJ Magazine in 2019, 2020 and 2021.