McMahon Healthcare Academy

What is the McMahon Healthcare Academy?

The Brien McMahon Healthcare Academy is a small learning community in partnership with

Norwalk Community College and The Norwalk Hospital.

The program offers any interested student an academic curriculum that focuses on careers in the healthcare field. Students enrolled in the academy will be exposed to and engaged in; a rich integrated curriculum, collaboration with NCC for authentic experiences and the application of interdisciplinary experiences, field experiences, professional certifications and membership in HOSA (National Organization of Future Healthcare Professionals).

Concurrently with the science classes, students will be following the 4 course Biomedical Science sequence of PLTW. Entrance into the McMahon Healthcare Academy is by application only. Applications are available at the time of course selection.


A 4 Year Program with 6 Components

1. Common integrated curriculum

2. Collaboration and application of interdisciplinary instruction as well as authentic experiences with NCC

3. Field Experiences within the medical community

4. College level courses

5. Professional certifications

6. Membership in HOSA

Required Coursework

9th Grade

Biology/Honors Biology

Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW)

Introduction to Healthcare Science

First Aid/CPR Certification

10th Grade

Chemistry/Honors Chemistry

Human Body Systems (PLTW)

11th Grade

Honors Physics

Medical Interventions (PLTW)

Stop the Bleed Certification

12th Grade

ECE Biotechnology

Biomedical Innovation Capstone (PLTW)


ECE Medical Terminology

Healthcare College and Career Readiness

EMT Certification

Certifications Offered

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.

Certified Nursing Assistant (Coming in 2021-22)

A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). ob responsibilities vary based on where you work and live. CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. In many cases, CNAs serve as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and nurses.

Electrocardiogram Technician (Coming Soon)

As a Certified EKG Technician (CET), you’ll have the credentials nearly all healthcare employers require to perform the critical tasks of administering EKGs, as well as Holter monitoring and stress testing. These tests can be performed during physical exams, when cardiovascular problems are suspected, or in preparation for surgery.