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ACPAC Scholarship Program


Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) is a hybrid academic and clinical training program that prepares experienced physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses for extended practice roles in the diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis. It is an adult-learner, competency-based inter-professional program currently delivered in episodic format, including 5 weeks of on-site attendance in Toronto, across a ten-month period, offered by the University of Toronto.

The Arthritis Society will offer a grant to experienced Health Care professional(s) who want to complete ACPAC training program for the advancement of their career in the management of Arthritis. The objective of this scholarship is to provide support to successful ACPAC program enrollee(s) in their efforts to develop and apply best practice care for people with arthritis and advance their engagement in the facilitation of evolving models of arthritis care.

An ACPAC Scholarship will be offered annually to one or more candidates with the total amount of available funds limited to $25,000.

Program Deadlines

Application deadline: July 27, 2018
Notification to Successful Candidates: August 24, 2018 
Issuance of Award: September 7, 2018

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Program Eligibility

Consistent with the eligibility criteria for the ACPAC Program, candidates must:

  • Be a member in good standing with their respective provincial college/regulatory body and eligible for membership in their national professional association;
  • Have proof of current personal professional liability insurance;
  • Have a minimum of 3 year’s experience following completion of an accredited, entry-to-practice program in either physical therapy, occupational therapy or nursing plus two years further experience in a clinical specialty (musculoskeletal or related) area; and
  • Have completed the post-graduate level course entitled “Clinical Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis” offered by The Arthritis Society OR the “Assessment and Management of Rheumatic Diseases: A Skills Workshop” offered by the Mary Pack Centre OR equivalent (at the discretion of ACPAC Program Directors).

In addition to meeting the above criteria, applicants must:  

  • Be currently working in arthritis care;
  • Have the endorsement of a rheumatologist;
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Provide consent to post picture and profile on the Arthritis Society website
  • Demonstrate leadership and volunteerism in the rheumatology community; and
  • Demonstrate an affinity to the Arthritis Society and agree to participate in self-selected arthritis Society related community engagement activities

Note: Candidates from underserviced areas will be given preferred consideration.


Download the scholarship application form.

Supporting Documentation

In addition to completing the scholarship application form, candidates must provide (mail or e-mail) the following supporting documentation to the attention of the contact person noted below:

  1. A curriculum vitae/resume 
  2. A copy of a valid/current professional certificate of practice from their respective provincial regulatory body 
  3. A ‘Letter of Intent’ (maximum 500 words) specifying: 
    • Nature and scope of their role in arthritis care
    • Reason(s) for obtaining ACPAC training
    • Need for financial assistance
    • Potential engagement in the arthritis community activities
  4. ‘Clinical Practice Skills for Inflammatory Arthritis’ or ‘Mary Pack Arthritis Program – Assessment and Management of Rheumatic Diseases’ course certificate of completion 
  5. Letter of reference from a rheumatologist
  6. A letter from their employer indicating support for their participation in the ACPAC program (if applicable) 
  7. A self prepared statement indicating proof of Financial need 
    • Estimated costs for attending the ACPAC program
    • Identification of available resources to offset estimated cost of attending the ACPAC program
  8. Signed copy of ‘Declaration of Commitment form’

Download the Declaration of Commitment Form.

Note: Relevant documentation used to fulfill the application requirements of the ACPAC Program can be utilized as supporting documentation for The Arthritis Society ACPAC Scholarship Program.

Guidelines to prepare a Statement of Financial Need

  • Applicants are required to submit reasonable costs estimates for participation  in the ACPAC Program
  • Cost estimate should be inclusive of:
    • Tuition
    • Transportation
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Other expenses
  • Resources to offset the estimated costs for participation in the ACPAC Program should be identified
  • Proof of actual participation costs will not be required
Selection Procedure

Selection Procedure

  • In accordance with application criteria and stated financial need one or more candidates may be awarded a scholarship by the selection committee
  • Successful candidate(s) will be notified the final decision by coming soon

Scholarship Award Policies 

  • Maximum amount of annual monies to be awarded is $25,000 amongst all successful applicants
  • No scholarship will be issued until candidate provides proof of acceptance to the ACPAC program
  • Amount of monies awarded per successful candidate will be variable and based on the relative strength of all applications 
  • Awarded funds will be applied to the program tuition cost and paid directly to the ACPAC Program with the balance (if any) issued by cheque to the successful candidate(s)
  • Payment of award(s) will be made by cheque directly to the ACPAC Program prior to the ACPAC program tuition payment deadline
  • The balance of award funds (if any) will be paid to candidate(s) in March of each academic year
  • Successful applicants who fail or quit the ACPAC program must return their scholarship award in its entirety


The Arthritis Society ACPAC Scholarship Program
Amina Gazi, Program Specialist
Education, Programs & Services
The Arthritis Society
1700-393 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
Phone: 416-979-7228, Ext 3389
Email: [email protected]