Since 2005, all child care providers choosing to administer medication (with the exception of over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen, and insect repellent) are required to successfully complete the approved Medication Administration Training (MAT).
The MAT course is a skill-based training to help you administer medication safely in your program. It provides an overview of medication effects and ways to give medication for both over-the-counter and prescription medication; the handling, storage, and safe disposal or medication; permission and instruction requirements; preparation and administration techniques; asthma; emergency care and special instructions.
MAT certification required renewal every 3 years. Certification may be renewed by taking the course in a classroom or by taking the Online Certification Renewal Test administered by the MAT program.
In order to give medications, the regulation requirements state that individuals must:
- Be 18 years old or older
- Current with First Aid and CPR certification for all ages of children (First Aid and CPR is not required to take the MAT class)
- Have a Health Care Plan (MAT section will be added) that is approved by your licensor or registrar
- Have a proficiency in writing, speaking, and reading in English. Bilingual or ESOL students must document English proficiency prior to registering for class.
A MAT manual is provided by the trainer with the classroom training only. An online manual is available for an additional $20.
To learn more about MAT or to find a MAT Trainer in your area, click here.