About Us

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an ethically-driven, professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. Founded in 1934, we are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 9,500 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide.

The ACR supports its members by providing meaningful education, research, advocacy, and practice support.

The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a membership division of the ACR, serves non-physician health care professionals specializing in rheumatology such as advanced practice nurses, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians, researchers, research coordinators, and office staff.

Established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Rheumatology Research Foundation's mission is to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. The ACR’s Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the United States and is proud to have received numerous four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, America's largest evaluator of charities.

Vision Statement

As the leading authority and trusted partner of rheumatology professionals, the ACR will continually advance the specialty and the future of rheumatology.

Brand Promise

We are here for you so you can be there for your patients.


To empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty

Core Values

The ACR endorses the following core values in support of our vision and mission:

  • Professionalism
  • Service to Members
  • Vitality of the Profession
  • Excellence in Patient Care
  • Transparency
  • Innovation

Strategic Plan

The ACR’s strategic plan charts the course for the future direction of the College.

Strategic Goals

Strategic goals represent outcome-oriented statements intended to guide and measure the ACR's future success. The achievement of each goal will move the organization towards the realization of its one-three year envisioned future. These goals are based on member feedback and outline where ACR needs to change to remain relevant to its members.

By 2017, the ACR will:

  • Develop tools to address evolving payment reforms, increase practice efficiency, and improve quality of care.
  • Increase recognition of the value of the specialty of rheumatology.
  • Strengthen research and training in rheumatology.
  • Provide an IT infrastructure to deliver ACR initiatives.
  • Reshape volunteerism.
  • Increase its international outreach and presence.
  • Meet the changing educational needs of our members and stakeholders.


The following articles make up the ACR Bylaws:

  • Article I - Name
  • Article II - Offices
  • Article III - Membership
  • Article IV - Termination of Membership
  • Article V - Meetings
  • Article VI - Board of Directors
  • Article VII - Executive Committee
  • Article VIII - Officers
  • Article IX - Executive Vice President
  • Article X - Standing Committees
  • Article XI - Sections
  • Article XII - The Rheumatology Health Professionals Division
  • Article XIII - Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification Program
  • Article XIV - Finance
  • Article XVI - Corporate Seal
  • Article XVII - Waiver of Notice
  • Article XVIII - Indemnification
  • Article XIX - Amendments
  • Article XX - Parliamentary Authority
  • Article XXI - Dissolution

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) applies to the entire ACR, including its Fellows, Members, Staff, and is enforceable solely by the ACR.

The primary purpose of this Code of Ethics is to support the ACR’s mission, which is to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. The ACR can succeed in this mission only if it maintains its reputation in the scientific and medical communities and with the general public as a credible, objective, and unbiased force whose statements, activities, and relationships are beyond reproach.

ARHP Purpose and Priorities

ARHP Priorities

  • Identify the supply of qualified health professionals working in rheumatology
  • Actively support the practice environment for rheumatology health professionals
  • Provide outstanding educational opportunities
  • Increase volunteer leadership skills and opportunities
  • Vigorously market ARHP products and services
  • Foster communication among ARHP members and ACR staff/members
  • Enhance research knowledge and skills among rheumatology health professionals
  • Promote the conducting of outstanding inter-professional rheumatology research
  • Advocate on behalf of the rheumatology community: patients, rheumatology health professionals, and rheumatologists

The governance of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is structured in the Rules of Procedure.