Frostburg State aims to increase nursing educators

BALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland is considering adding a master's degree in nursing at Frostburg State University to address a shortage of nursing educators.

A Board of Regents committee has recommended approval by the full board at a meeting Friday in Baltimore. The program would still require 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.

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