Karen Norris

Karen Norris

Karen Norris, MS.RT.(R)
Program Chair, Assistant Professor - Radiologic Technology Program
(515) 643-6616

Office Location
SC - 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

Year Started at Mercy College: 2002

  • Department: Radiologic Technology


  • Attended Iowa State University 
  • Master of Science in Leadership & Development with an emphasis in Higher Education, Drake University (2015) 
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Hearts, College of St. Francis (1996)
  • Mercy Hospital - Certificate in Radiologic Technology (1978)

Courses Regularly Taught

  • RAD 101
  • RAD 104 Principles of Radiographic Imaging I
  • RAD 111 Clinical Practicum I
  • RAD 114 Principles of Radiographic Imaging II
  • RAD 121 Clinical Practicum II
  • RAD 131 Clinical Internship III
  • RAD 203 Advanced Patient Care
  • RAD 205 Radiation Physics
  • RAD 210 Applied Radiography IV
  • RAD 211 Clinical Practicum IV
  • RAD 220 Applied Radiography V
  • RAD 221 Clinical Practicum V


  • Registered Radiologic Technologist (R)

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

Advice to Students

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

Personal History

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

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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