Medication Administration Training

Medication Administration Training (MAT)

We offer the approved New York State Medication Administration Training (MAT) for Child Care Providers who have decided to administer medications in their program. MAT is a skill-based training designed to help child care providers safely administer medication. The course includes 8 hours of training, a video training and hands-on demonstrations. The training provides:

  • An overview of medication effects
  • Ways to give both over-the-counter and prescription medication
  • Safe handling, storage and disposal of medication
  • Permission and instruction requirements
  • Preparation and administration techniques
  • Asthma; emergency care, special situations and more


The MAT training certificate is valid for 3 years from date of successful course completion. If you are an approved medication administrant in a program, you are eligible to take the MAT renewal test online. You may do this for two consecutive times. Upon the third consecutive online renewal, you will also have to complete three (3) Skills Competencies in order to renew your MAT certification.

Here are some important points to know about medications in child care:

  • Caregivers who administer actual medications must be trained in Medication Administration Training (MAT). They must also be at least 18 years of age and have a current certification in CPR and First Aid.
  • All caregivers may apply over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen lotion and topical insect repellant with written permission from the parent or guardian.
  • Providers that administer medications must hire a health consultant (took out “care”, left as short version of CCHC) who will review and approve the caregiver’s health care plan and training certificates. The health consultant must also visit the child care program to review the program’s health care plan at least once every two years.
  • The Child Care Health Consultant must also visit the child care program to assist in the compliance of the health care plan policies.
  • Caregivers are not permitted to administer medications through injection except for epi-pens. Arrangements for injectable medications may be approved to MAT certified programs in specific circumstances and under the guidance of the child's medical provider.
  • MAT certified caregivers are permitted to administer prescription and over-the-counter medications when they have written instructions from the prescriber and permission from the parent.
  • Caregivers must document all medications given to children in their programs, report any errors that might occur and properly store and handle all medications.


How to become a MAT-Approved Program:

Completing the MAT course is only part of what you need to become an approved medication administrant in your program. Follow these steps to become a MAT approved provider/program.

  • Obtain a FIRST AID certification
  • Obtain a CPR certification appropriate for the age groups in your program
  • Complete the health care plan and guidelines with your Child Care Health Consultant
  • Submit a signed Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar
  • Contact your licensor or registrar for final approval


How to register for a MAT class:

Visit our registration page for the current listing of MAT classes. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

The fee for the MAT class is $150. MAT grants may be available after successful completion of the class through the Medication Administration Training Rebate Program.