Pharmacologists study drug action and the interactions occurring between living organisms and chemicals which affect normal or abnormal biochemical function. They study substances, and consider them pharmaceuticals if the substances possess medicinal properties. Pharmacologists focus on drug properties and composition, toxicology, therapy, interactions, anti-pathogenic capabilities and medical applications. Some Pharmacologists specialize in pharmacodynamics which involves the interactions of chemicals with bio-receptors, and some focus on pharmacokinetics which involves absorption, metabolism, distribution and excretion of chemicals from biological systems. However, these two main areas of pharmacology are interrelated.
Pharmacologists generally deal with the interaction of drugs within biological systems or the reactions of drugs and the body on each other, the nature of drugs, their properties and sources. Some other potential job titles of Pharmacologist are Laboratory Director, Scientist, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Investigator, Research Associate, Clinical Pharmacologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Research Director, Medical Affairs Director, and Clinical Research Scientist.
To qualify for TN Pharmacologist non-immigrant status, the applicant for Pharmacologist profession must have earned, and is able to provide proof of the following educational requirements:
- Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree
The applicant for TN Pharmacologist profession must also provide the additional requirements:
- Proof of Canadian citizenship;
- A detailed support letter from prospective employer;
- Proof of intent to return to his/her permanent residence in Canada at the expiration of the temporary TN stay
If the applicant is able to provide evidence of the requirements enumerated above, he/she may qualify for TN Pharmacologist professional status.
A qualified Pharmacologist can obtain TN Professional status for a maximum of three years. Any extension of the status may be issued for up to one year provided that the individual continues to comply with the requirements for TN professionals. The number of extensions has no limit. However, the professional must continue to demonstrate that his/her employment is temporary in nature, and that his/her NAFTA entry is not used to bypass normal procedures of immigration.