MAT Program

Medication Administration Training (MAT) Course

MAT is a competency-based course and must be taught by an approved MAT Trainer. A written test of 20 questions, a randomized skills demonstration, and a liquid measurement demonstration must be successfully completed before certification can be issued. The MAT class (content and practice) lasts approximately eight hours. However, since participants are given two opportunities to pass each competency, class time may need to be extended in order to accommodate testing and re-testing.

Become a trainer

Providers have three options for completing the MAT course:

  • Classroom-based – providers may choose to complete the MAT course in a classroom setting with an approved MAT Trainer. Providers must attend the entire training and successfully pass the written and skills competencies. Class size for the classroom-based MAT course is limited to eight participants.
  • Independent Study – providers may choose to complete the MAT course by independent study. The MAT Independent Study is comprised of two parts. Part 1 is a self-paced, online review of the MAT course content using MAT course handouts, video segments and independent exercises. Part 2 consists of hands-on practice time and testing with an approved MAT Trainer. Providers must successfully pass the written and skills competencies. Class size for Part 2 of the MAT Independent Study course is limited to eight participants.
  • MAT Renewal – a streamlined course that enables MAT-certified providers to renew their certification with minimum classroom time. Part 1 is taken online and includes all the MAT videos (for optional review) as well as the required MAT Renewal Quiz. Part 2 consists of performing the EpiPen, liquid measurement and randomized skill demonstration graded activities with an approved MAT Trainer.

Purpose of the MAT Course

The MAT course certifies providers or staff in child day programs to administer prescription medication in a child care setting using six routes: oral, topical, inhaled, eye, ear and emergency injection of epinephrine using an auto-injector device.

Who Must Attend MAT?

The Code of Virginia (§54.1-3408) states that providers or staff members who work in licensed or regulated child day programs and who administer prescription medication must satisfactorily complete the MAT course. The regulations for licensed child day centers and family day homes contain a standard that goes beyond the requirements of the law and require medication administration training for anyone who administers prescription AND non-prescription medication. During 2013, the Code of Virginia was revised to include individuals who work in private schools accredited by the Virginia Council for Private Education to the list of individuals who must successfully complete the MAT course prior to administering prescription medication to children. Code of Virginia Section 54.1-3408 provides more information on this requirement.

MAT Course Requirements

To attend the MAT course or to participate in the MAT Independent Study, a child care provider or employee of the program must be:

  • at least 18 years old
  • literate (able to read and write) in English
  • have current certification in first aid
  • have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Recertification

The MAT certification is valid for three years from the date it was issued. The child care provider or staff member must be recertified before the expiration date to continue to administer medication to children in a child day program.

Additional Courses

  • EpiPen® Training (EPEN)
  • Emergency Medication Administration Training (EMAT)
  • MAT Administration of Emergency Rectal Medications in Child Care Programs
  • Epilepsy Course

Questions About MAT

For more information about MAT, please visit the MAT Program website. If you have a question about MAT training, including the MAT curriculum content, MAT procedures/processes, courses available, MAT recertification, MAT/EMAT training certificates, approved MAT trainers, etc., please submit a question through the MAT Customer Service system.

If you have a licensing-related question about MAT, MAT IS, EMAT or any other topic, or a question about implementing information learned in the MAT, MAT IS or EMAT class in your facility/home, please contact your licensing representative. MAT teaches best practices, which might differ from what is required or expected by your program regulation, guidelines, and/or policies and procedures.

MAT Trainers

How to Become a Certified MAT Trainer

Who can become a MAT trainer?

According to the Code of Virginia, trainer applicants must have a current, valid Virginia license as an RN, LPN, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, medical or osteopathic doctor, or pharmacist. Additionally, applicants must have documented evidence of experience in teaching adult learners, knowledge of the child care population and/or experience in working with adults employed in the child care environment.

What do MAT Trainers do?

Becoming a MAT trainer requires a commitment of time, money and effort. After successfully completing the MAT Training of Trainers (TOT) course, they must:

  • Facilitate classes and test knowledge and competency of child care provider participants

  • Keep compliance with MAT Program guidelines and changes

  • Assemble a training kit, which can cost between $400.00 and $600.00

  • Advertise class schedules

  • Provide customer service to child care providers and programs

  • Scout and possibly pay for appropriate training sites

  • Arrange for appropriate A/V equipment

  • Electronically enter data after each class

  • Mail corresponding paperwork to the MAT Program office

  • Renew MAT Trainer certification every three years

  • Who must take the MAT training?

    The Code of Virginia (§54.1-3408) states that child care providers who work in licensed and regulated day programs must successfully complete the appropriate Board of Nursing approved MAT course. For complete information about the courses available in the MAT curriculum and what they cover, visit the MAT Program website at medhomeplus.org/MAT and review the MAT Curriculum Summary.

    During 2013, the Code of Virginia was revised to include individuals who work in private schools accredited by the Virginia Council for Private Education to the list of individuals who must successfully complete the MAT course prior to administering prescription medication to children. Code of Virginia Section 54.1-3408 provides more information on this requirement.

    How do I become a MAT Trainer?

    Download the MAT Trainer Application and the informational flyer below. Complete and sign the MAT Trainer Application, attach a current resume or curriculum vitae, and three signed letters of reference. Submit your application package to Medical Home Plus by mail at 8719 Forest Hill Ave, Bon Air, VA 23235; by email at info@medhomeplus.org; or by fax at (804) 330-5032. If your application is approved, you must then attend and successfully complete a two-day MAT Training of Trainers (TOT) class sponsored by Medical Home Plus. MAT TOT classes are held three times per year.

    How much does the MAT TOT cost?

    Upon application approval and class registration, MHP will send an invoice for a non-refundable payment of $300.00. This price covers the class and all training materials, but not travel expenses.

    For more information about the MAT Program or becoming a MAT Trainer, please visit the MAT Program website, call us at (804) 330-5030 or submit a question through the MAT Customer Service system.