Karen Norris, MS, RT(R)
Program Chair, Radiologic Technology
Assistant Professor, Radiologic Technology

(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!