Medication Adminstration Training Program

A Program of the Virginia Department of Social Services, administered by Medical Home Plus.

About MAT

What is the MAT Program?

The MAT Program trains and certifies Virginia child day program providers and private school employees to safely give medications to children (ages infant through high school graduation) in their care.

The MAT Program DOES NOT certify providers who work in a residential care setting or who provide care for adults.

Medical Home Plus administers the MAT Program under contract with the Virginia Department of Social Services.

MAT Requirements

Who Must Have MAT Certification?

The Code of Virginia (Section 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 or 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 Courses

MAT Program Courses (Click the MAT Courses button to download this document)

SKILLS COVERED/ROUTES KEY - * Topical, oral, inhaled, eye, ear and EpiPen medication, ** Liquid Benadryl, inhaler, EpiPen (these skills are also covered in the MAT, MAT IS and MAT Renewal courses), *** Blood glucose and ketone testing, insulin dosing, insulin and glucagon administration

MAT PROGRAM COURSES MAT Fullday MAT IS MAT Renewal EMAT MAT EpiPen MAT Auvi-Q MAT Diabetes MAT Rectal
Skills Covered * 6 routes * 6 routes * 6 routes ** 3 routes EpiPen Auvi-Q *** Diabetes skills Rectal meds
Prerequisite none none current or expired less than 90 days MAT Certificate none none current MAT, MAT Renewal, EMAT or EpiPen Certificate current MAT or MAT Renewal Certificate current MAT or MAT Renewal Certificate
Format Classroom (8 hrs) Online Part 1 (4.5 hrs), Classroom Part 2 (3.5 hrs) Online Part 1 (30 mins), Classroom Part 2 (30 mins) Online Part 1 (3 hrs), Classroom Part 2 (2.5 hrs) Classroom (1 hr) Online (45 mins) Online Part 1 (3.5 hrs), Classroom Part 2 (6 hrs) Online (45 mins)
Hands On Practice Yes Yes NO Yes Yes NO Yes NO
Written Test In class In class Online NO NO Online In class Online
Skill Demo Test(s) In class In class In class In class In class NO In class NO
Certificate Earned MAT Certificate MAT Certificate MAT Renewal Certificate EMAT Certificate MAT EpiPen Certificate MAT Auvi-Q Completion Certificate MAT Diabetes Certificate MAT Rectal Completion Certificate
Term 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years 3 years

How to Register

How to Register for MAT Training

1) Complete any prerequisite MAT courses that are required for the course you wish to take

2) For Online Courses: MAT IS, MAT Renewal, EMAT and MAT Diabetes have an online Part 1 and a classroom Part 2. MAT Auvi-Q and MAT Rectal are completely online.

All the online MAT courses are found on the MAT Online Learning Center. To find the Online Learning Center link, click the How to Register button.

To instantly enroll in any MAT online course, go to the Online Learning Center, log in if you already have an account or create an account and then log in, then scroll down to the course you need and click the name of the course to enroll yourself in it.

3) For Classroom Training: Register with an approved MAT Trainer for the full-day MAT course, Part 2 of the MAT IS, MAT Renewal, EMAT and Diabetes classes, or the EpiPen Only course.

Become a MAT Trainer

How to Become a Certified MAT Trainer

Who can become a MAT Trainer? The Code of Virginia specifies that a MAT Trainer must hold a current, valid Virginia license as an RN, LPN, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, medical or osteopathic doctor, or pharmacist. Applicants must also have experience teaching adult learners, knowledge of the child care population and/or experience working with adults employed by child day programs.

What are the responsibilities of MAT Trainers? MAT Trainers must: Facilitate MAT classes, enter provider data after each class, comply and stay current with MAT Program guidelines, market their training services, locate and, if necessary, pay for training sites, arrange for audiovisual equipment, and provide customer service to their training customers.

How do I become a MAT Trainer? Becoming a MAT Trainer requires time, money and effort. Applicants must: Download the MAT Trainer Application and informational documents, click the Register Your Interest link and register, so that you will be notified of upcoming MAT TOT classes, complete and sign the application, attaching a resume and three signed letters of recommendation, and submit their 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 successfully complete a MAT Training of Trainers (TOT) class (cost - $300). These classes are held three times a year.

MAT Full Day Course

Skills Covered: Oral liquids and tablets, inhaler and nebulizer, ear and eye medications, topical medications and EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector.

Format: Classroom (8 hours)

Certificate Earned: MAT Certificate (term - 3 years)

Prerequisites: none

MAT Independent Study Course

Skills Covered: Oral liquids and tablets, inhaler and nebulizer, ear and eye medications, topical medications and EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector.

Format: Online Part 1 (4.5 hours), Classroom Part 2 (3.5 hours). Successfully completing the MAT IS Part 1 online course enables you to print your MAT IS Part 1 Completion Certificate, which is required for admission to the MAT IS Part 2 classroom course. The Part 1 Completion Certificate is valid for 6 months.

Certificate Earned: MAT Certificate (term- 3 years)

Prerequisites: none

MAT Renewal Course

WARNING: This course is designed for experienced providers who give medications regularly using the MAT method. There is NO content review or practice in this course, just an online test and classroom skill demonstrations.

Prerequisites: Current or recently expired (within 90 days) MAT Certificate. A MAT Renewal certificate CANNOT be used to meet this requirement, because the MAT Renewal course can only taken for "every other" renewal.

Skills Covered: Oral liquids and tablets, inhaler and nebulizer, ear and eye medications, topical medications and EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector.

Format: Online Part 1 (30 minutes, written test only), Classroom Part 2 (30 minutes per participant, skill demonstrations only). Successfully completing the MAT Renewal Part 1 online course enables you to print your MAT Renewal Part 1 Completion Certificate, which is required for admission to the MAT Renewal Part 2 classroom course. The Part 1 Completion Certificate is valid for 6 months.

Certificate Earned: MAT Renewal Certificate (term - 3 years)

MAT Diabetes Course

WARNING: ONLY providers who hold a current MAT Certificate or MAT Renewal Certificate are eligible to take the MAT Diabetes Part 2 class that completes this course. You MUST bring your qualifying MAT Certificate or MAT Renewal Certificate to the MAT Diabetes Part 2 class to be admitted.

Prerequisites: Current MAT or MAT Renewal certification

Skills Covered: Administering blood glucose and urine ketone tests, calculating insulin doses, giving insulin by syringe and pen injector, and giving glucagon.

Format: Online Part 1 (3.5 hours), Classroom Part 2 (6 hours). Successfully completing the MAT Diabetes Part 1 online course enables you to print your MAT Diabetes Part 1 Completion Certificate, which is required for admission to the MAT Diabetes Part 2 classroom course. The Part 1 Completion Certificate is valid for 6 months.

Certificate Earned: MAT Diabetes Certificate (term - 3 years)

EMAT Course

Skills Covered: The EMAT (Emergency Medication Administration Training) course covers skills that can help you prevent asthma and allergy emergencies. This course covers ONLY administering liquid Benadryl, metered-dose inhalers, and the EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector. These skills are ALSO COVERED in the MAT, MAT IS and MAT Renewal courses.

Format: Online Part 1 (3 hours), Classroom Part 2 (2.5 hours). Successfully completing the EMAT Part 1 online course enables you to print your EMAT Part 1 Completion Certificate, which is required for admission to the EMAT Part 2 classroom course. The Part 1 Completion Certificate is valid for 6 months.

Prerequisites: none

Certificate Earned:EMAT Certificate (term - 3 years)

MAT EpiPen Course

Skills Covered:Administering the EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector.This skill is ALSO COVERED in the MAT, MAT IS, MAT Renewal, and EMAT courses.

Format: Classroom (1 hour)

Prerequisites: none

Certificate Earned: MAT EpiPen Certificate (term - 3 years)

MAT Auvi-Q Course

AUVI-Q: Skills Covered: Administration of the Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injector. This course is for providers who have been certified in safe auto-injector administration practices (providers who hold a current MAT, MAT Renewal, EMAT or EpiPen Certificate). Providers holding any of these certificates are authorized to administer other epinephrine auto-injectors AFTER receiving additional training in use of the specific auto-injector that they will use. This course may be used to meet this additional training requirement for the Auvi-Q device.

Format: Online (45 minutes)

Prerequisites: MAT, MAT Renewal, EMAT or MAT EpiPen certification

Certificate Earned:MAT Auvi-Q Course Completion Certificate (term - 3 years)

MAT Rectal Course

RECTAL: WARNING: You are NOT AUTHORIZED to give medications to children using the skills covered in this course unless you hold a current MAT Rectal Certificate AND a current MAT Certificate or MAT Renewal Certificate.

Skills Covered: Administration of emergency rectal suppositories and DiaStat

Format: Online (45 minutes). Successfully completing the MAT Rectal online course enables you to print your MAT Rectal certificate.

Certificate Earned: MAT Rectal Course Completion Certificate

Prerequisites: MAT or MAT Renewal Certification

Medical Home Plus

A Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving families across Virginia since 2003

8719 Forest Hill Avenue

Bon Air, VA 23235

804.330.5030 phone - 804.330.5032 fax

info@medhomeplus.org

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Medication Administration Training (MAT) is a program of the Virginia Department of Social Services