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. The program focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, triage and independent management of select musculoskeletal (MSK) and arthritis disorders. It is an adult-learner, competency-based interprofessional program currently delivered in episodic format over a 10-month period in Toronto.

The program is focused on the entire spectrum of advanced arthritis care. Five intensive one-week sessions held on-site (Components II and IV) and off-site (Component I and III) between October and June of each year. The four components of the program are:

Program Goals

  1. To offer a curriculum of rigorous, current post-entry-to-practice basic science, clinical science and therapeutic management learning experiences as they relate to the musculoskeletal/arthritis care fields.
  2. To facilitate the participant’s learning of best practices through extensive clinical experience in the musculoskeletal/arthritis care fields.
  3. To develop and prepare healthcare practitioners (Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Nurses) to be competent, independent clinicians who engage in extended practice roles in selected areas of musculoskeletal/arthritis care fields.
  4. To develop and prepare healthcare practitioners to triage patients with osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis.
  5. To promote a novel model of arthritis management and care that optimizes scarce healthcare resources by utilizing highly trained health professionals to promote and implement interprofessional patient-centred collaborative care.

Important Program Dates 2018-2019

Week 1 - October 22-27, 2018
  • Includes the conference “14th Annual Arthritis Day” Saturday October 27, 2018
Week 2 - December 10-14, 2018
Week 3 - February 4-8, 2019
Week 4 - April 8-12, 2019
Week 5 - June 3-7, 2019

System Level Goals

  1. To improve accessibility to musculoskeletal/arthritis care, as a result of the participant’s expanded ability to identify, assess and manage (treatment and referral) selected disorders associated with these conditions.
  2. To develop and prepare the ACPAC program trained practitioners to become leaders in interprofessional patient-centred education and care in the management of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. To continue to monitor and evaluate these roles in the context of health services delivery as new models of arthritis care develop.

Learning Objectives

After active engagement in the ACPAC Program you will be better able to:

  1. Integrate the basic and clinical science underlying arthritis/musculoskeletal disorders.
  2. Identify and assess patients with musculoskeletal disorders to formulate a differential diagnosis.
  3. Differentiate inflammatory from degenerative arthritic disorders.
  4. Evaluate and interpret plain musculoskeletal radiographs.
  5. Apply acquired knowledge and skills to triage patients with musculoskeletal disorders across diverse clinical settings.
  6. Communicate more effectively and collaborate with others in the health care system.