About the MATY Program

Medication Administration Training for Youth (MATY) is a competency-based medication administration training program approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. It is currently approved for use in several settings:

  • Private schools and facilities licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and/or the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).
  • Private schools that comply with the accreditation requirements set forth in Virginia statute § 22.1-19 as administered by the Virginia Council for Private Education.

Staff members who work in the above named facilities and who administer prescription and non-prescription medications to students or residents are required by the Code of Virginia to satisfactorily complete a training course, which includes passing written and competency based examinations. MATY course trainings must be facilitated by an approved MATY-certified trainer.

The goal of the MATY program is to increase the safe administration of medication through targeted training on the following objectives:

  • Administration of medications ordered by a person legally authorized to prescribe medications, and parental permission when indicated.
  • Maintenance of documentation of the administration of of both prescription and non-prescription drugs.
  • Utilization of proper techniques when administering medications by various routes.

The Virginia Board of Nursing approved the MATY program on January 26, 2010.