SouthWest Skill Center


Potential students often ask questions typical of the following. Please see the answers below for questions you may have. If you still can't find the answer you need, contact an advisor at: or call 623-935-8964.

The SWSC offers short term certificate programs that allow students to enter quickly into the work force.  SWSC programs are clock hour based, EMCC offers credit hours.  This allows students to complete programs in a shorter overall period of time, which helps to get them in to the job market sooner.  See the program links on the home page of the SouthWest Skill Center website for specific program hours, as well as topics and program requirements.

The federal guidelines for programs eligible for Financial Aid require that clock hour programs, which include the programs available at the SouthWest Skill Center, must be at least 600 hours in length. The Skill Center has two programs that meet this criterion; Medical Assistant, and Medical Billing & Coding. Please see the Disclosures / Programs information in the Student section of the Estrella Mountain website for further information on these programs. /disclosures/programs

In addition to this, see the program links on the home page of the SouthWest Skill Center website for specific program topics and requirements.

The SWSC offers:    

  • Emergency Medical Technology (208 clock hours)
  • Medical Assistant (830 clock hours)
  • Medical Billing and Coding (805 clock hours)
  • Medical Interpreter - Spanish (170 clock hours)
  • Phlebotomy (410 clock hours)

Please see an advisor to discuss individual programs, or contact via email:

For clock hours the student physically clocks in and out each day to record the total amount of hours that they are in the classroom. A typical day is from 8 AM to 2:30 PM, with a half hour lunch break. This can vary with certain programs.

Yes, SWSC students use the same resources as EMCC students, including the  Disability Resource Center.

The SWSC does not offer job placement at this time.  Students can utilize the free resources available through our Career Services Center located on campus.  Here students can explore opportunities for employment with area businesses, as well as opportunities for internships, and learn how to navigate the road to employment. More information is available at:

All SWSC classes are open to all students. However, Veteran's services are available through our EMCC Veteran's Services office. Here they provide "one stop" services for Veteran's academic support. Please see our Veteran's Services site at: /students/veterans-services for more information, or call: 623 935 8937.

There is not a specific course, although students can certainly take CPD 150. Each program does provide guidance on how to succeed in its specific coursework.

The SouthWest Skill Center uses the Accuplacer placement test to determine eligibility into programs. The minimum scores are listed below:


EMT: 74 or higher

Medical: 74 or higher



Medical: 23 or higher