Careers in Nursing

Nursing options abound in the Gulf Coast area including:

  • hospital operating rooms
  • maternity wards
  • emergency departments
  • intensive care units
  • physicians' offices
  • private homes
  • public health agencies
  • outpatient clinics
  • HMOs
  • home health care
  • schools
  • camps
  • industry
  • hospices
  • long-term care facilities
  • various other health care facilities

Skilled Nurses Command Top Dollars

Employers are looking for skilled nurses like those graduating from College of the Mainland's Associate Degree Nursing Program. Beginning nurse salaries are currently in the $40,000 range before factoring in shift differentials, overtime or sign-on bonuses.

Job availability in nursing is predicted to remain high for years to come.

COM Nursing Programs

College of the Mainland's Associate Degree Nursing Program is one of the best in the area, with first-class faculty and clinicals in hospitals and other health care facilities in Galveston and on the Mainland, including the Houston area. COM also offers a transitional program for licensed vocational nursing practitioners who want to become registered nurses.

Faculty-to-Student Ratio

With a small student/faculty ratio, students at COM receive individual attention. All faculty have daily office hours during which they are available to students. All nursing students are assigned a faculty mentor to help them throughout the program.

State-of-the-Art Lab Equipment

In addition to the standard equipment found in most nursing labs, COM provides students the additional opportunity to work with SIM Man, a computerized mannequin/patient.


Through programmed scenarios, SIM Man simulates a variety of patient conditions that allow nursing students the opportunity to practice assessment skills and then observe "real life" changes in SIM Man's condition as they provide appropriate interventions.

IV Simulator

The lab is also equipped with an IV simulator and a hemodynamic monitor that allows students hands-on critical care experiences prior to clinical experiences.

A RN lab coordinator is available to assist students in mastering these skills.

Full-Time Nursing Tutor

The nursing tutor is available to assist nursing students with academic questions. Tutoring services are available for both individual and group study.

Financial Aid

Learn more about financial aid for COM students.

Professional Nursing Student Organizations

COM nursing students can become members of organizations including:

Graduation Program Requirements and National Examination

Upon successful completion of a minimum of two academic years and all program requirements, including meeting special graduation requirements for completing NCLEX-RN Readiness Exam as explained in Nursing Student Handbook, the graduate may make an application to take a National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).