About the program/course of study

The Higher Professional Technician in Gerontology is a professional who is capable of planning and coordinating educational programs regarding the health of the elderly, monitoring and coordinating care given to the elderly for their physical and psycho-social well-being, coordinating services and managing support spaces and equipment for this population in the institutional or home support context.

 This course has the objective of training the following specific skills:

- Coordination and monitoring of essential care given to the elderly to support successful aging;

- Coordination of monitoring and psycho-social care giving services for the elderly;

- Management of human and material resources and planning and development of administrative systems with the goal of optimizing the functioning of support institutions for the elderly;

- Supervision of the organization of spaces for programs aimed at the aging population;

- Planning and coordination of educational programs regarding the health of the elderly.


Qualification level

Confers a diploma of higher professional technician


Access requirements

In accordance with Article 40 E of DL no. 63/2016 of 13 September, the HPTC courses taught at IPSN are open to: a. Those who have completed secondary education or legal equivalent; b. Those who pass special exams to evaluate capacity to attend higher education for those over 23 years old, held, for the course in question, in accordance with the terms of DL no. 64/2006, of 21 March, altered by DL no. 113/2014, of 16 July and DL no. 63/2016 of 13 September. The HPTC is also open to applicants who hold a technological specialization diploma, a higher professional technician diploma or a higher education degree.


Type of recognition

The Higher Professional Technician in Gerontology possesses a range of diverse, alternative functions that they may perform, namely in: - old age residences - nursing homes - elderly support services - day centers - socialization centers - daytime/nighttime support centers - networks and systems of elderly home care - support services for informal care - institutions for direct or indirect support of the elderly population - municipal chambers - social security centers - universities for seniors - INATEL and other institutions for senior tourism - others


Primary scientific areas


No. of Mandatory Credits

Social Work and Guidance


Therapy and Rehabilitation




Biology and Biochemistry


Management and Administration


Position within the Organization/Company


Safety and Hygiene at Work


Philosophy and Ethics