HIT Clinical Practicum Requirements

Students will be placed in an on-site externship at one of Saddleback College’s contracted clinical facilities in the last semester per the road map if they have satisfactorily completed the requirements of the program. This is known as Professional Practice Experience (PPE). Students must clear health and background checks, drug screening, verification of CPR card and provide evidence of health insurance and liability coverage to be eligible for placement.  Any findings may affect the student’s ability to progress through or complete the program.. 
Proof of vaccination status must be provided for a health clearance. Students who refuse or cannot pass the clinical requirements (including medical or religious declinations) will receive a Not Qualified for Placement. Not Qualified for Placement status means students may not be eligible for placement at a site and may not be able to complete the program.  Note: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires students who are placed at healthcare facilities be fully immunized with the Covid-19 vaccine.

Students will need to start their clearance process by June 1st which is 6 months prior to the start of PPE (part of HIT 130). There are two main requirements for eligibility for PPE:

  1. Successful completion of all coursework offered in the semesters prior to the last semester in which HIT 130 is offered per roadmap. HIT 122 is the only course that can be taken along with HIT 130 unless the requirements of HIT 122 were completed earlier. There are no exceptions. Transcripts will be checked for courses completed and those which are in-progress.
  2. See the instructions below on setting up CB account and purchasing the CastleBranch (CB) Compliance Tracker below by June 1st.  All clearances need to be uploaded in CB by the deadline date of December 1st to be placed at clinical site and need to be current for the entire duration for HIT 130.

Important Documents


If you have questions, please email Laura Rutman or call (949) 582-4701.