Keplero Polytechnic Institute boasts an old tradition in the Optical field. It was born in the region Molise in 1977 as Scuola Professionale per le Arti Sanitarie (School for Health Arts) by training professionals in the optical field in Italy, Europe and non-European countries.
Its name is after the scientist Johannes Kepler, who first developed the theory of the retinal image. The Institute is situated in a big building not far from Termoli city centre, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the charming Tremiti Islands.
The Institute was born in the region Molise in 1977 as Scuola Professionale per le Arti Sanitarie. It asked and obtained the authorisation from the Region Molise to set up courses for Opticians and Orthopaedic Technicians of Hernias (O.T.H.). It also carries out open classes of Optometry and Contactology.
In 1992, after the Ministerial Decree 28.10.92 became effective, O.T.H. classes were handed by Universities: thus, optics classes now need a new regional authorisation for the biennial course and the Health Ministry’s permission.
In 2001 – thanks to the new management board, Manes family – the Institute undertakes new enterprises both Italian, European, and non-European, by starting collaborations and partnerships. The most important partnerships are with Tunisia with the Ecole des Cadres in Sfax, and Latvia with the Physics Department of Latvia University. It began a review and improvement procedure aimed at consolidating a board of qualified and expert teachers, who became basic for all Italian and foreigner students (Greek, Albanian, Romanian, Tunisian).
In March 2002, Health Ministry attributes the Institute the role of provider of events planner about Medicine Continuous Education (MEC).
In May 2004, the Institute gains the UNI EN ISO 9001 Quality Certification.
In 2004, it publishes the book “OPHTHALMIC OPTICS”, in 2005 it publishes “THE COLOUR” and in 2009 "SUNGLASSES AND THEIR REASONS”.
In 2006, the Institute becomes the training company at the Assessorato alla Formazione Professionale (Professional Training Department) of Region Molise; such position allows the Institute to provide financed courses and valid on the Piano Operativo Regionale (POR) [Regional Operative Project], and self-financed courses. For what concerns this latter field, the Institute is important in all Italy for the training of Operatori Socio Sanitari (OSS) [Health Assistants].
In 2017, the Institute expands its reputation towards the Region Molise by adding the Compulsory Training.
In 2018, the Institute becomes the training company at the Region Molise with a favorable opinion of the Director of the C.O. 118 - SET AsreM as a Training Center for Basic Life Support and Defibration (BLSD) and registered in the "Register of Accredited Centers and Instructors of BLSD".