About Us

Karen NorrisKaren Norris

Program Chair, Radiologic Technology Program of the School of Allied Health

Courses Regularly Taught

  • RAD 111 Clinical Practicum I
  • RAD 121 Clinical Practicum II
  • RAD 131 Clinical Internship III
  • RAD 210 Applied Radiography IV
  • RAD 211 Clinical Practicum IV
  • RAD 221 Clinical Practicum V
  • RAD 104 Principles of Radiographic Imaging I
  • RAD 114 Principles of Radiographic Imaging II
  • RAD 203 Advanced Patient Care
  • RAD 205 Radiation Physics
  • RAD 220 Applied Radiography V

Year Started at Mercy College 2002


  • Attended Iowa State University 
  • Mercy Hospital - Certificate in Radiologic Technology (1978) 
  • College of St. Francis - BS in Health Arts (1996)
  • Drake University - MS in Leadership & Development with an emphasis in Higher Education (August 2015)


  • Registered Radiologic Technologist (R)

Advice to Students
Treat your clinical experience like it is a book, you can get so much from it!

Clinical/Field Experience

  • I have been a radiographer since graduating from Mercy's program in 1978. I have experience in general radiology, radiation therapy and education.

Professional Memberships

  • ISRT South Central District

Community Service Involvement

  • Hospice

Personal History

Married to Tom Norris and our son, Jared, is a graduate of Oregon State University and now resides in Oregon.

Quick Links

Karen Norris, BSRT(R)
Program Chair, Radiologic Technology Program
(515) 643-6616

Office Location

Building 1, Room 205

Office Hours
Posted on office window or contact me for an appointment.

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239