BALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland has approved a master’s degree in nursing program at Frostburg State University to address a shortage of nursing educators.

The Board of Regents approved the proposal at a meeting Friday in Baltimore. The program still requires approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Frostburg State currently offers a nursing bachelor’s degree. The new program would add a master’s degree focused on either education or administration.

The school says the education track would address a statewide and national shortage of nursing faculty. Although four other Maryland universities offer such a degree, only Frostburg State would have an online option. The school says that would make it attractive to working nurses with scheduling conflicts.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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