SouthWest Skill Center

Admission Requirements

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Under age of 18 and Special Admissions:

Special admission to Estrella Mountain Community College may be granted to any person under the age of 18 who meets the established requirements for a course. Admission shall be considered only when the special admission form has been signed by the student, parent/guardian, and high school counselor or administrator. The final decision to admit a student will be made by EMCC on an individual basis. Students under the age of 16 may be limited to course selection based on faculty approval.

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Under age of 18 and Certification Testing:

Many certifying bodies require applicants to be 18 years of age in order to test and/or gain certification.

Criminal Background

Students seeking enrollment into the Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and Medical Interpreter-Spanish Programs require a level 1 fingerprint clearance card and a background check through Certified Background.  Please read the following documents:

Note: Please be aware that in the future if you seek employment in a hospital or clinical setting, you may be required to complete a background check.

Identity Authentication

Financial transactions with the college require the student to authenticate their identity.  Please check your “to do list” at for details.


Some externship sites may require an influenza (flu) shot during flu seasons.  The Allied Health Care Externship Manager will notify students whom this applies to.

Prior Education

Financial transactions with the college require the students to provide official transcripts of prior education.  Please check your “to do list” at for details.

Externships (For MA, Phlebotomy and Spanish Medical Interpreter Only)

All students attending an externship will have a mandatory $36.50 annual fee beginning in May of 2015 to complete their training "My Clinical Exchange."   Students must pay the fee and complete the training & requirements prior to attendance of their externship.

Externship Site Placement

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from externship site. Students must be able to attend any of the clinical facilities used by the SWSC Programs. The student's personal convenience cannot always be accommodated. Students that are eligible for clinical externship placement are assigned to various healthcare agencies for externship. The time, preceptor, or clinical location will vary as determined by availability of sites, student placement within the program, and other considerations as decided by the Instructor.

The Externship Dept. will make the final decision for student placement at each clinical facility.  Students will be placed within the valley based on availability and once placed externship location cannot be switched. 

If a clinical agency refuses clinical experiences to a student based on a student’s misconduct, the SWSC will attempt to place the said student at another clinical facility.  If, however, there are no clinical sites available, the student may be withdrawn from the program for incompleteness and have to wait until a site can be found. If the student fails externship after being placed at TWO different locations, the student will fail the course and not be allowed to return to the program indefinitely, or for a period of time, along with specific re-entry requirements determined by the Externship Dept. and Program Manager