Holland Taylor, Des Moines University Physician Assistant Program

Holland Taylor, M.S.P.A.S., PA-C

Department Chair and Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program

Areas of Expertise

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Iowa Physician Assistant Society
  • Blood pressure screenings, Des Moines University, wellness center, 2015 to present
  • Junior Achievement’s Biztown, Des Moines, Iowa, 2019
  • Health professions presentation, Prairie Trail Elementary, 2019
  • Meals from the Heartland, Des Moines University, 2018
  • Blood pressure screenings, Iowa State Fair, 2006, 2016, 2018
  • YMCA Ankeny Annual Fundraiser, 2015 to 2017
  • Career Connections, Ankeny Parkview Middle School, 2014, 2015
  • Guest speaker at diabetic group session, Mercy North, 2013, 2014
  • Informational session on concussions to baseball youth, 2012
  • Vision screenings, Westwood Elementary, 2011
  • Polk County lead program preschool presentations, 2007
  • Bone density screenings, DMU Senior Health Fair, 2005, 2006
  • Sports physicals, vision screenings, Slater, IA, 2006
  • Social activities volunteer, Wesley Acres, 2005, 2006


College of Health Sciences Faculty Organization, Des Moines University, Faculty Chairperson-Elect, 2020-21
  • Preside over CHS faculty meetings.
  • Represent CHS faculty at Deans’/Directors’ meetings.
  • Represent CHS on Faculty Leadership Council (FLC).
Graduate Council, Des Moines University, member, 2019-present
  • Review and make recommendations on university academic policies and procedures pertaining to any course of study leading to an academic credential, as appropriate.
  • Review internal academic program review documents and make recommendations.
  • Review and make recommendations on new academic program proposals.
Faculty Leadership Council, Des Moines University, member, 2019 to 2022
  • Facilitate optimal communication between colleges, between faculty and administration, support services, and other University entities.
  • Work with existing Faculty Organizations and various college committees in addressing the needs of faculty and their respective colleges.
  • Provide a forum for faculty input on drafting, reviewing, and implementing University policies.
  • Promote and otherwise assist with the development of interdisciplinary initiatives.
Academic Logistics and Planning Team (ALPT), Des Moines University, member, 2015 to 2020
  • Review logistical effects of curricula delivery on the institution’s students.Review the impact courses may have on other courses across Programs.
  • Identification of optimal academic resource management strategies.
  • Make recommendations to the Faculty Organization, Programs, and Administration, and other groups as appropriate, regarding the implementation of university-wide academic initiatives.
  • Assist with the development of university-wide academic resources and tools/instruments.
Physician Assistant Program Academic Progress Committee (APC), Des Moines University, Chair, 2016 to present
  • Monitor PA student academic progress and affective behaviors.
  • Communicate between students and the committee.
  • Make decisions and recommendations to the dean.
Ultrasound Taskforce, Des Moines University, 2017 to present
  • Represent PA program in the development of a university-wide ultrasound curriculum.
Spring CME Conference Committee, Iowa Physician Assistant Society (IPAS), member, 2017 to present
  • Organize and facilitate the annual Spring CME conference in West Des Moines, IA.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
State of Iowa, Board of Physician Assistants
Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Diversity & Health Film Series Certificate of Completion, Des Moines University, 2018
CITI Training, Des Moines University, 2018 Description: Training on the ethical conduct of research.
Basic Life Support (BLS), American Heart Association, 1998 to present
Mandatory Reporter Training, Catholic Health Initiatives, 1998 to present

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