Prepare for a rewarding career in health care through the Certified Nurse Aide Program at College of the Mainland.

A vital part of the health care field, certified nurse aides provide compassionate basic care for patients. This program trains nurse aides to work in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Between 2010-20, the need for certified nurse aides is projected to grow by 20 percent. The mean hourly wage for certified nurse aides is $11.54 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Certified nurse aide training can be a steppingstone into nursing or other health care careers. Spring classes start Feb. 6.

To learn more about the program and the application process, visit or call 409-933-8645.

Handgun class offered for women

This semester, COM is offering First-Step Basic Handgun Classes exclusively for women.

The course is for beginners interested in personal protection with a handgun. Students do not need to own a handgun.

Participants will learn about types of guns and which kind fits their needs through classroom sessions and handgun practice. The class covers firearm fundamentals and prepares students for the Concealed Handgun License class.

The class meets from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 30-31 and March 27-28. The cost is $82 for students in district and $87 for those out of district.

Daniel Blackford, a concealed handgun license instructor since 2002, formerly taught classes to Secret Service employees. For more information, contact Blackford, 409-933-8485.

Medical office program prepares students quickly for careers

Prepare to enter the medical field in one semester with the Medical Office/Insurance Specialist Program. These courses prepare students to obtain entry-level administrative positions in health care settings and provide a solid foundation for those wanting to continue their studies in health care.

Between 2012-22, this field is projected to grow 22 percent; much faster than the average for other occupations. The mean hourly wage is $14.68 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

After completing the program, students can take national certification exams or continue their studies to become certified coders. Classes begin Feb. 6.

To learn more, visit or call 409-933-8645.

Enroll in Phlebotomy Technician Program to launch career path

A rapidly growing occupation in the health care field, phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. COM trains phlebotomy technicians in the safest methods of drawing blood with as little patient discomfort as possible. They find employment in hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and blood donor centers.

Phlebotomy can be a rewarding choice for those interested in a patient-focused career in health care. The average hourly wage for phlebotomy technicians is $14.53 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Spring classes start Feb. 7.

To learn more, visit the website at or call 409-933-8645.

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