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Health Care Worker Information Relating to COVID-19 Response

Changes Under Executive Order 2020-12

Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-12 on March 24, 2020. This Executive Order made changes to the requirements for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to work in Illinois. Governor Pritzker re-issued Executive Order 2020-12 on February 4, 2022.

On January 28, 2022, the Illinois Department of Public Health filed emergency rules to make changes to the Health Care Worker Background Check Code [77 Ill. Adm. Code 995] to implement the provisions of the reissued Executive Order 2020-12 and other requirements related to CNAs.

The CNA requirements that have changed under this Executive Order are as follows:

Inactive CNAs

A Certified Nursing Assistant whose certification is inactive on the Health Care Worker Registry may have that certification reinstated, if that CNA:

Other CNA requirements that have changed under the emergency rules are as follows:

Military Applicants

Military personnel with medical training will be able to serve as Certified Nursing Assistants in health care facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois. These military personnel will be allowed to serve as CNAs without passing the written CNA exam. To qualify, military personnel must:

Out-of-State CNAs

CNAs who hold current, valid CNA certification from another state will be granted Reciprocity to be Illinois CNAs without paying a fee. An Out-of-State Application is available at Additional information can also be found on the Southern Illinois University’s Nurse Aide Testing website at