PEM201C: Special Populations

Paramedic Emergency Medicine
Credits 2 Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours 0 Lecture Hours 2
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Advanced-level course including assessment, paramedic diagnosis, and treatment for all special populations including ob/gyn, pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric, chronic disease, patients with special needs. Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification (PALS) is an integral part of the course.


Students are required to pass prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions apply; please consult your department chair.

All first-year PEM courses

Corequisite Courses
  • Discuss the assessment, recognition, and management of common OB/GYN emergencies, childbirth, and care of the newly born.
  • Describe the prehospital assessment, recognition, and management of common pediatric emergencies consistent with Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
  • Describe the patterns of emergencies and pathologies in the geriatric population.
  • Discuss the special considerations and EMS strategies for managing patients with issues related to hearing, vision, speech, mobility, and obesity.
  • Describe the EMS approach to caring for patients with the chronic care diseases of cancer, traumatic brain injury, renal failure, and hospice or homecare patients.
  • Recognize and manage patients experiencing psychiatric and behavioral emergencies and those experiencing abuse and/or neglect.
  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge as required by the National EMS Educational Standards.