Framingham State Adds 4+1 Program in Food and Nutrition

Framingham State Adds 4+1 Program in Food and Nutrition

Aug 13, 2018

Framingham State University’s new 4+1 program in Food and Nutrition launches this fall – just in time to help students interested in becoming registered dietitians meet a significant new requirement in the industry.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) recently announced that by 2024, any candidate interested in taking the national registration exam for dietitians will have to possess a master’s degree.

“This is a major change for our industry,” says Dr. Suzanne Neubauer, coordinator of Framingham State’s graduate level dietetics program. “For freshman coming in this fall, they will be able to meet this new requirement a year in advance if they complete the 4+1 program.”

A 4+1 program allows students who meet certain qualifications to begin taking graduate level courses during their senior year. These courses count toward both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, providing them with the opportunity to earn both in just five years.

Framingham State offers a popular and highly regarded Coordinated Program in Dietetics that leads to a wide-range of career opportunities in health care, school, community, and food service management settings.

The new program is the third 4+1 opportunity currently offered at Framingham State University. The University also offers an English 4+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English, as well as a Biotechnology Program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree in Biotechnology. 

 “The 4+1 program is a wonderful opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate students who already know they would like to pursue a graduate degree,” says Dr. Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate Studies. “The arrangement allows students to save time and money and get a leg up on their peers enrolling in traditional graduate programs.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.