Learning Levels

RAPS now uses Learning Levels to more accurately describe product or program content. In the past, RAPS has used Professional Levels, as outlined in RAPS' Professional Development Framework white paper. This framework provides a model for describing the basic body of knowledge and relevant skills for healthcare regulatory professionals at four major career stages. However, the content of RAPS products, programs, courses and the like do not always fit neatly into one professional level or another.

Rather than classifying a RAPS product or program according to the professional level of individual it is best suited for, Learning Levels focus instead on the content itself, eliminating any assumptions about who should consume the material and leaving that up to the customer.

For example, a senior level professional who has assumed a new area of responsibility may require introductory material on that topic, or a less-experienced professional may have been tasked with mastering what has traditionally been a more advanced professional skill. For these individuals, their Professional Level matters less than the knowledge they need to acquire.

With this in mind, RAPS products and programs are classified into one of the following three Learning Levels:

    Basic: Content is introductory in nature and requires no requisite knowledge or experience to grasp concepts or related exercises. Basic educational activities, books and other products are meant to establish a foundation of knowledge and/or competence that will be expanded upon in practice or in higher level activities or texts.

    Intermediate: Content is appropriate for individuals who have basic knowledge of the topic(s) and/or demonstrated competence related to the topic(s). For courses and other educational activities, higher-level concepts are introduced during lectures and exercises requiring synthesis and/or application of concepts are incorporated into the activity.

    Advanced: Content is intended for individuals who are well-versed in most, if not all, concepts associated with the topic(s). Activities and texts emphasize analysis and application of concepts or demonstration of competencies. For activities, this is typically done through exercises such as case studies, scenario building and group projects. In these activities, a high level of participation is expected from each attendee.

View the RAPS Meetings & Education Calendar to find programs that meet your needs.