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What is Medication Administration Training (MAT)?

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has specific regulations about giving medication to children in child day care settings The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has specific regulations about giving medication to children in child day care settings. The regulations require all child day care programs that choose to administer medication, other than over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and topically applied insect repellent, to meet certain conditions including having staff who are approved to give medication in a child care setting.

OCFS approved the following Medication Administration Training course for you to fulfill this requirement. To learn more about the MAT course, view the “What is MAT?” brochure / ¿Qué es Administración de Medicamento (MAT)? (PDF format).

How can the MAT course be taken for the first time?

The course may be taken in a classroom or by independent study. Click on topics below for more information.

MAT Classroom Course

Select this option if you prefer training in a classroom setting.

  1. Find a MAT Trainer in your area to make arrangements to participate in their next training.
  2. Pass the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency provided at the conclusion of the MAT Classroom Course.
  3. Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  4. Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

MAT Independent Study Course / El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

MAT Independent Study Course in English

If you prefer to learn independently and at your own pace, then the MAT Independent Study course is for you.

Part 1
Part 2
  • Find a MAT Trainer in your area to arrange a time to complete the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency.
    • You'll need to meet with a MAT trainer for 3-4 hours to complete testing
    • When you pass, you will get 8 training hours and a MAT Certificate.
  • Pass the MAT Written Competency test and the MAT Skills Demonstration Competency.
  • Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  • Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

If you have questions, please contact the MAT Program at 800-295-9616 or email mat@albany.edu

If you are unable to download or print the materials for Independent Study, you can order them from the MAT Program. Complete the order form, enclose payment, and mail to:

MAT Program
22 Corporate Woods Blvd, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12211

Please allow 3-4 weeks to process your request.

El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

Si usted prefiere aprender independientemente y a su propio ritmo, entonces el curso de estudio independiente de MAT es para usted.

La Guía de Estudio de MAT para el Participante le dara los pasos necesarios para completer la primera parte del proceso: Estudie la guia de studio para el participante de MAT; imprima y revise todos los folletos de MAT para el Participante, y vea todas las partes del Video de MAT.

Una vez usted haya terminado de estudiar los materiales de estudio y haya completado los ejercicios, contacte al Entrenador de MAT de su localidad para hacer una cita y completar el examen escrito y la demostracion de habilidades para completer la segunda parte.

Cuando usted sienta que esta preparado(a), usted tendrá que encontrarse con un entrenador de MAT por 3-4 horas para completar el examen. Cuando usted apruebe el examen obtendrá 8 horas de entrenamiento y un certificado de MAT.

Usted puede aplicar para la BECA de MAT para ayudarle a cubrir el costo del examen.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, favor contactar al Programa de MAT al 800-295-9616 o envié un correo electrónico a mat@albany.edu

Si usted no puede descargar o imprimir los materiales de Estudio Independiente, usted puede ordenarlos al Programa de MAT. Complete la hoja de pedido y envie el pago a:

MAT Program
22 Corporate Woods Blvd, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12211

Por favor espere 3-4 semanas para procesar su pedido.

Cuando usted tome el tiempo para ser aprobado para administrar medicamento, puede estar orgulloso en decirles a los padres que usted ha ido mas allá de los requisitos mínimos para proveer el mejor cuidado para sus hijos, no sólo por el día de hoy, sino para lo que el mañana pueda traer.

How can MAT Certification be renewed?

MAT Certification requires renewal every 3 years. The MAT Certification may be renewed by taking the course in a classroom, by independent study, or by taking the Online Certification Renewal Test. Click on topics below for more information.

Renew via MAT Classroom Course

Select this option if you prefer training in a classroom setting.

  1. Find a MAT Trainer in your area to make arrangements to participate in their next training.
  2. Pass the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency provided at the conclusion of the MAT Classroom Course.
  3. Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  4. Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

Renew via MAT Independent Study Course / El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

MAT Independent Study Course in English

If you prefer to learn independently and at your own pace, then the MAT Independent Study course is for you.

Part 1
Part 2
  • Find a MAT Trainer in your area to arrange a time to complete the MAT Written Competency Test and Skills Demonstration Competency.
    • You'll need to meet with a MAT trainer for 3-4 hours to complete testing
    • When you pass, you will get 8 training hours and a MAT Certificate.
  • Pass the MAT Written Competency test and the MAT Skills Demonstration Competency.
  • Work with a Health Care Consultant to develop the medication administration component of your Health Care Plan. Your name must be listed as a Medication Administrant. Your Health Care Consultant must review and approve your Health Care Plan.
  • Submit the approved Health Care Plan to your licensor or registrar.

If you have questions, please contact the MAT Program at 800-295-9616 or email mat@albany.edu

If you are unable to download or print the materials for Independent Study, you can order them from the MAT Program. Complete the order form, enclose payment, and mail to:

MAT Program
22 Corporate Woods Blvd, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12211

Please allow 3-4 weeks to process your request.

El curso de estudio independiente de MAT en Español

Si usted prefiere aprender independientemente y a su propio ritmo, entonces el curso de estudio independiente de MAT es para usted.

La Guía de Estudio de MAT para el Participante le dara los pasos necesarios para completer la primera parte del proceso: Estudie la guia de studio para el participante de MAT; imprima y revise todos los folletos de MAT para el Participante, y vea todas las partes del Video de MAT.

Una vez usted haya terminado de estudiar los materiales de estudio y haya completado los ejercicios, contacte al Entrenador de MAT de su localidad para hacer una cita y completar el examen escrito y la demostracion de habilidades para completer la segunda parte.

Cuando usted sienta que esta preparado(a), usted tendrá que encontrarse con un entrenador de MAT por 3-4 horas para completar el examen. Cuando usted apruebe el examen obtendrá 8 horas de entrenamiento y un certificado de MAT.

Usted puede aplicar para la BECA de MAT para ayudarle a cubrir el costo del examen.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, favor contactar al Programa de MAT al 800-295-9616 o envié un correo electrónico a mat@albany.edu

Si usted no puede descargar o imprimir los materiales de Estudio Independiente, usted puede ordenarlos al Programa de MAT. Complete la hoja de pedido y envie el pago a:

MAT Program
22 Corporate Woods Blvd, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12211

Por favor espere 3-4 semanas para procesar su pedido.

Cuando usted tome el tiempo para ser aprobado para administrar medicamento, puede estar orgulloso en decirles a los padres que usted ha ido mas allá de los requisitos mínimos para proveer el mejor cuidado para sus hijos, no sólo por el día de hoy, sino para lo que el mañana pueda traer.

Renew via Online Certification Renewal Test / Tomar un examen de renovación en línea

MAT Online Certification Renewal Test in English

You may renew your MAT Certification by successfully completing the Online Certification Renewal Test. You must obtain a score of 90% or higher to pass. You will be permitted two attempts.

Approximately 3 months before your MAT Certificate expires, a user name and password to access the test will be sent to the address that we have on file for you in our database. It is important that you keep us informed of any change in your name or address. If your certification is going to expire within three months and you have not received your renewal information, please e-mail the MAT program. It is YOUR responsibility to renew your MAT certification BEFORE it expires. Failure to do so will require that you repeat the MAT course.

You are only permitted to renew your MAT certification by passing the online renewal test twice.  After this, you MUST also successfully perform three Skills Competencies to complete the renewal process:  Liquid Measure, Randomized Skills Competency, and use of the epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) OR repeat the MAT course through classroom participation or Independent Study, both of which include a written test and skills competencies demonstrations.

  • Study the MAT course materials:
  • Use the username and password provided in your renewal information letter to login to the test site.
  • Pass the renewal test with a score of at least 90% within two attempts.
  • Complete Skills Competencies if required.
  • Receive your certificate in the mail after successful completion of the online renewal test.
  • Make sure you are listed as a Medication Administrant on your program's health care plan.
  • Contact your Health Care Consultant to update your MAT certification expiration date on your health care plan. Submit the approved health care plan to your licensor or registrar.

Como Renovar Tu Certificacion de Entrenamiento para Administracion de Medicamento (MAT) Para Español Solamente

Información de Trasfondo

La Oficina de Servicios de Niños y Familia requiere que todos los proveedores de cuidado de niños cumplan con ciertos requisitos si ellos están administrando medicamento, aparte de ungüentos tópicos sin receta, bloqueador solar y repelente de insectos aplicado tópicamente, a niños en su cuidado. Uno de estos requisitos es haber completado exitosamente un entrenamiento aprobado para la administración de medicamento.

Todos los proveedores de cuidado de niños deben tener una certificación de MAT para administrar medicamento. La certificación original es válida por tres años. Cuando tu certificación este casi por expirarse, usted debe renovarla para continuar administrando medicamento.

Opciones para la Renovación

Usted debe renovar su certificación de MAT antes de la fecha de expiración para continuar administrando medicamento en su programa de cuidado de niños. Usted puede renovar su certificación de MAT por tres años más al tomar un examen de renovación en línea. Los exámenes en línea funcionan mejor con una conexión de Internet de alta velocidad (“high speed Internet”), como DSL o cable. Usted debe tener un nombre de usuario y una contraseña para tener acceso al examen de renovación en línea. Usted recibirá su nombre de usuario y contraseña en una carta del Programa de MAT antes que su certificación se expire.

Examen de Renovación

El examen consta de 50 preguntas. Usted debe obtener una puntuación final de 90% o más para aprobar el examen. Usted debe completar el examen usted solo. Se le permitirán seis horas para completar el examen pero probablemente le tomara una a dos horas.

Una vez usted empiece el examen, no se le permitirá cerrar y regresar luego a terminar el examen. Este programa se cerrará automáticamente después de seis horas aun si usted no ha terminado el examen. Si usted comienza su examen y pierde su conexión de Internet antes de terminar, usted debe inmediatamente iniciar de nuevo la sesión en el programa. Si usted no inicia la sesión dentro de 15 minutos, usted automáticamente fracasará el examen, así que asegúrese de mantener su nombre de usuario y contraseña cerca mientras toma el examen en caso de que pierda su conexión.

Antes de tomar el examen, usted puede ver el video de MAT o puede revisar cualquier hoja de reparto de MAT al pulsar en los enlaces. Estos son un buen repaso del material del examen.

Cuando usted pulse el enlace de ‘ver hojas de reparto’ se abrirá una pantalla aparte con la lista de la tabla de contenido. Para repasar una hoja de reparto en específico, pulsa el enlace. La hoja de reparto abrirá en el programa de Adobe Acrobat Reader. Si usted no tiene este programa, pulse aquí para tener acceso a la descarga gratis del programa. Usted necesitará tener Adobe Acrobat Reader para tomar el examen en línea.

Cuando usted pulse el enlace de ‘ver el video’, se abrirá una pantalla aparte con la lista de los segmentos de video. El video se verá usando el programa Windows Media Player. Si usted no tiene este programa, usted recibirá un aviso la primera vez que intente ver el video para descargar el programa.

Usted debe tener su nombre de usuario y contraseña para iniciar la sesión del examen.

Si usted no aprueba el examen de renovación en su primer intento, puede tomar el examen una segunda vez.

Si usted quiere continuar administrando medicamento pero no quiere coger el examen de renovación, o no aprobó el examen de renovación o su certificación original de MAT se ha expirado, usted puede tomar el curso de MAT nuevamente. Usted puede aplicar para una BECA de MAT para ayudarle a pagar el entrenamiento.

Renovación de la Certificación

Una vez usted complete el examen y reciba una puntuación de 90% o más, favor de imprimir la carta declarando que usted ha aprobado exitosamente el examen de re-certificación de MAT en línea. Usted recibirá su nueva certificación en cuatro a seis semanas.

Si usted no aprueba el examen en su primer intento, usted debe esperar al menos seis horas antes de tomar el examen otra vez. Cuando usted repita el examen, usted recibirá diferentes preguntas en el examen así que asegúrese de leer cuidadosamente las preguntas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How soon before my certificate expires will I receive information from the MAT Program to renew my certificate online?

If you meet the renewal criteria, a letter is mailed to your home address three (3) months prior to your MAT certificate expiration date. If you have moved in the past three years, please email the MAT Program at mat@albany.edu with your name and new address.

How do I know if my program is approved to give medication?

This information is printed on your license or registration indicating being approved to give medication. You can also find the information on the OCFS website: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/ccfs_facilitysearch/.

How do I know if I am listed in OCFS’ database?

You can call the MAT program. If our records show you are not listed in OCFS’ database, you will need to call your program’s licensor or registrar.  Click here for the list of Regional Offices by county.

My licensor or registrar told me that I am listed in OCFS’ database but I have not received information from the MAT program to renew my certificate. What is the process?

If you were put into OCFS’ database as a medication administrant recently call the MAT Program.  MAT Program staff will confirm your name is listed in CCFS and then mail you the renewal letter. If your certificate is going to expire in less than 2 weeks, the MAT Program will email the renewal information to your direct, personal email address. We can’t give your renewal information over the phone.

My MAT certificate expired. What can I do?

If your MAT certificate expired, you must the take the MAT course again to receive a valid MAT certificate. You may choose to take the MAT Classroom Course or the MAT Independent Study Course.  You are also eligible to apply for a MAT Rebate. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, contact your program’s licensor or registrar.

I was taking my MAT renewal test and I got kicked off before I could finish. Now when I log back in it says I already took the test. What should I do?

If it has been less than six hours since you started taking the test, you can log back on and it will bring you to the last set of questions you were answering but did not submit. If it has been more than six hours, contact the MAT Program at 800-295-9616.

I work in a NYC Day Care Center (group care) and I have not received my renewal information. What should I do?

Contact the MAT Program at mat@albany.edu with your name, program’s NYC DOH permit number, facility name and contact number.

I am a legally exempt provider receiving state subsidy and I have not received my renewal information. What should I do?

Contact the MAT Program at mat@albany.edu with your name, county subsidy contact information and your phone number.

How can I receive funding to offset the cost of the MAT Classroom or Independent Study course?

MAT Rebate Program

The Medication Administration Training Rebate Program is sponsored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, with funds provided by the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

You are eligible for a MAT Rebate if ALL the following statements are true:

  1. You are employed at a New York State OCFS or New York City DOHMH registered/licensed child care program.
  2. You have paid for and successfully completed the MAT course provided by an approved MAT trainer. A listing of MAT trainers is available on this website.
  3. You are submitting the required application and supporting documentation to the MAT Rebate Program within 60 days from your completion date of the MAT course. Rebate applications received after 60 days will not be accepted.
  4. A MAT payment has not been made on your behalf in the past 33 months.

You can receive up to a $100 rebate for the classroom course or up to a $70 rebate for the Independent Study course through the MAT Rebate Program.

Still have questions?

Contact the MAT Rebate Program

Toll-free: 1-800-295-9616

or by email: mat@albany.edu

How can I become a MAT Trainer?

Becoming a MAT Trainer

If you are a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or registered nurse who possesses a valid New York State license you may be eligible to become a MAT Trainer. Find out more about Becoming an approved MAT Trainer.