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Child Care Professionals

MAT (Medication Administration Training)

Child care providers who work in licensed or regulated child day programs and individuals who work in private schools accredited by the Virginia Council for Private Education who give prescription medications to children are required by the Code of Virginia to satisfactorily complete the MAT course. Click the link below to read this section of the Code.

The MAT course is a competency-based course approved by the Board of Nursing (BON) and Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to train providers who work in child day programs to safely administer medication to children. The MAT course must be facilitated by an approved MAT Trainer.

The MAT Program is now administered by Medical Home Plus - Effective November 3, 2010, the MAT Program is administered by Medical Home Plus, Inc.(MHP) under contract with Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). If you have questions about the MAT Program, see How to Get Answers to Your MAT Program Questions at the bottom of this page.

(Note: Effective March 6, 2008, the requirement for "interim refresher training practice demonstrations annually" has been deleted. The requirement for retraining at three-year intervals remains in effect. )

EMAT (Emergency Medication Administration Training)

This course is geared towards providers in licensed or regulated child day programs who do not ordinarily administer medications, but who supervise children who have allergies or asthma. The EMAT course certifies providers to administer liquid Benadryl, inhaler medication, and epinephrine using an auto-injector device (EpiPen®). **The EMAT course does NOT cover the Twinject® product, generic epinephrine auto-injector devices, or the Auvi-Q®. For more information on the new MAT online curriculum, click the link below.

MAT Best Practice Forms

Updated MAT Classroom Handouts

Division of Licensing Programs (DOLP) Information

Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development Information

RNs, LPNs, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists and Physicians

VDSS has created a network of approved MAT Trainers. Interested RNs, LPNs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians and pharmacists are encouraged to register their interest in becoming a trainer. You will not receive a confirmation, but you will receive future MAT related notifications by e-mail.

Approved MAT Trainers


How to Get Answers to Your MAT Program Questions: Effective November 3, 2010, when you have questions about MAT training, including about the MAT curriculum content, MAT procedures/processes, MAT, MAT Independent Study (IS), or EMAT classes, MAT recertification, MAT certificates, finding approved MAT trainers, finding MAT classes, etc. contact MHP by clicking the green Need Help? Click Here! tab at the top of this page.

Continue to contact your licensing representative when you have a question about implementing information learned in the MAT, MAT IS or EMAT class in your facility/home. MAT teaches best practice, which might differ from what is learned or expected by your program regulation, guidelines, and/or policies and procedures.

Continue to contact your licensing representative, rather than your MAT Trainer, when you have a licensing related question about MAT, MAT IS, EMAT, or any other topic.

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