Program Director for Medical Laboratory Sciences

July 21, 2020
Priority Deadline to Apply:
August 28, 2020
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Position Description

The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a national search for an outstanding Program Director – Medical Laboratory Sciences to guide the further development of an exceptional educational Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program. The Program Director will report to the Chairperson, Department of Health Sciences (DHS). The Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions (SHP) offers both the entry-level BS-MLS and MS-MLS. Both programs are designed to prepare medical laboratory scientists for clinical practice as well as for leadership/management positions in the field.

Essential Duties

  • Oversee the administrative operation of the programs and provide leadership for teaching, research, service and clinical activities;
  • Engage in student advisement and faculty development;
  • Ensure programmatic accreditation;
  • Develop and implement the strategic vision, goals, and objectives for the programs;
  • Teaching responsibilities, dependent on expertise, include upper division undergraduate and graduate lecture and laboratory courses in hematology, blood banking, microbiology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, and other clinical specialties.


  • A professional United States certification in Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS(ASCP));
  • The candidate must have obtained a Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences;
  • An earned Doctorate in health sciences, education or a related area is preferred;
  • A minimum of 4 years experience in medical laboratory sciences including teaching and program administration in an academic-based, NAACLS-accredited, MLS education program;
  • A track record of achievement in education;
  • A demonstrated leadership in research and scholarship;
  • Active participation or leadership in relevant professional associations.

About The Institution

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), now called UT Health - San Antonio, is one of the six health science centers of the University of Texas and is the largest health sciences university in South Texas serving San Antonio and the 50,000 square-mile area of South Texas. It extends to campuses in the Texas border communities of Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. Producing more than 32,300 graduates, the institution has five schools offering programs in biomedical sciences and health professions: The Dental School, The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The School of Health Professions, The School of Medicine, and The School of Nursing. Designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving Institution, the Health Science Center consistently ranks among the top schools in the nation for graduating Hispanic health care providers. 

The purpose of UT Health - San Antonio is to provide the best in health careers education, biomedical research, patient care and community service to San Antonio and the South Texas/Border Region. Through undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, the faculty is committed to educating health professionals who will provide excellent patient care and research that can be applied to treat and prevent disease.

UT Health - San Antonio is a comprehensive academic health center with 3,150 students enrolled in five schools and has 4.5 million square feet of owned and leased facilities for education, research, treatment and administration. The University employs approximately 5,500 full-time faculty and staff, with a current budget of approximately $806.6 million.

UT Health – San Antonio is also a national research leader in healthy aging, stroke prevention, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, transplant surgery, imaging research, pain management, psychiatry and neurosciences, genetics, nursing, dentistry, allied health, bioengineering, degenerative neurological disease, and public health preparedness. It ranks in the nation’s top liver transplantation centers.

The School of Health Professions

As an integral part of UT Health - San Antonio, the School of Health Professions (SHP) seeks to make lives better through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, service and patient care.  The SHP strives to educate a diverse student body in becoming outstanding health care practitioners, scientists and leaders; advance health research and scholarship; and provide health services and education to the community.

The SHP offers graduate degrees in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MS), Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), Respiratory Care (MS) and Speech Language Pathology (MS) and advanced training through doctoral degree programs in Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Physical Therapy (DPT).  A new PhD in Health Sciences program to prepare future faculty and researchers in allied health was recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to begin Fall of 2020. The school also offers several undergraduate (BS) degree programs including respiratory care, medical laboratory science and emergency health sciences. 

About The Community

The San Antonio, TX, Community

San Antonio is a dynamic and multi-cultural metropolitan area in the south-central part of the state. With a population of more than 2.23 million people, the greater San Antonio region is the 25th largest metropolitan area in the United States, with more growth on the horizon. It’s the second-largest populated city in Texas and seventh in the U.S.

San Antonio lays claim to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.

San Antonio has a strong military presence as well. Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base (which constitute Joint Base San Antonio), the Kelly Field Annex, and Brooks City-Base are in or near the city.

Famous for its Spanish missions – which are World Heritage Sites – the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and major theme parks, the city is visited by approximately 26 million tourists annually. The city is also home to the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Application Process

Applicants should include a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Submit materials directly to UT Health at Any further questions about this position should be directed to the University’s search consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Applications received by August 28, 2020 will receive priority consideration for a start date no later than January 2021.

All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.  The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.