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Inside the Program

The Emergency Medical Technician's (EMT) role is varied and may include firefighter, ambulance attendant, lifeguard, park ranger, member of a search and rescue team, nurse, or member of a ski patrol.  Many police officers, SWAT team members, private security personnel, and occupational safety team members are EMTs.  EMT training and experience is the foundation needed for those who desire to become a paramedic and many people who want to continue in other healthcare professions (such as a nurse or physician) find it helpful as well.  As an EMT student or alumni, you become a member of EMCC's Public Safety Institute.

Emergency Medical Technicians work alongside other first responders, paramedics and healthcare professionals as an integral part of the emergency care team.  In many communities, EMTs provide a large portion of the out-of-hospital care.  In some jurisdictions, especially rural areas, EMTs provide the highest level of out-of-hospital care.

SouthWest Skill Center - Your Educational Partner

The SouthWest Skill Center (SWSC) conducts a fast-paced skills based EMT course that is designed to allow you to gain National and State certification as an EMT.  The EMT course uses an online learning management system that provides electronic versions of the textbook and workbook.  Additionally, testing software is available for students to guage their progress at their own pace.  The instructional methodology includes:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Online learning
  • Hands-on skills
  • Simulation training

Our classes are taught by instructors that work in the West Valley and throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area as paramedics and EMTs and have a great deal of experience.  What sets our instructors apart from other EMT programs is the level of caring that they have for students.  We view our students as potential co-workers and we want you to become the best EMT possible.

Program Pillars

There are three guiding principles that the program adheres to: 1) Being Student Centered, 2) Focusing on Creating a Learning Environment, and 3) Collaboration.  Each pillar has benchmarks to guide the program.

Student Centered:  Instructional methodology will put the student at the center--student success is primary.  Additionally, the program must meet regulatory, fiscal and administrative requirements on a daily basis.  At our core, is the belief that we are providing a service for the student.  We will always factor into all decisions, the effect our decision has on the student.  Being student centered means:

  • Providing effective, student-centered training and education
  • Exceeding minimum standards and expectations
  • Presenting classroom information that is evidence based and meets "best practices"
  • Providing competency-based training

Learning Environment:  We will provide facilities, equipment courses, course material and instructional methodology that create a learning environment which gives students multiple opportunities for success.  Our learning environments will:

  • Incoproate an application of acquired knowledge/skill component into all training
  • Incorporate an evaluation process into all training
  • Use sound instructional methodology that integrates technology into the classroom
  • Use only instructors who embrace our academic standards

Collaboration:  Our ability to form partnerships is critical to our success.  We will move away from a customer/provider based model and develop a partnership (relational) model.  The fire departments and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies that we serve are truly our "service partners," students are our "learning partners," and instructors are our "instructional partners."  We will work to gain a real understanding of their needs and share our needs in order to deliver a service that benefits everyone.  Collaborative efforts will include:

  • Establishing and maintaining service partnerships with the EMS, fire and law enforcement (public safety) community
  • Promoting interdisciplinary instruction
  • Establishing a strong relational bond between administration and instructional staff
  • Supporting instructional personnel in their development as a credible EMS instructor

Learn More About "Inside the Program"

The Emergency Medical Technology Program Director and your instructors are proud to be your educational partners and serve as your guides on your journey to gaining EMT certification.  To learn more about "Inside the Program," take a few minutes to read the EMT Student Handbook and the EMT Student Pathway to Success