Earlier this year, Governor Pat Quinn issued Executive Order 13-02, which tasks state agencies to (1) identify overlaps and gaps between military training and state licenses, and (2) develop recommended “bridging” recommendations or curricula for veterans to obtain state licenses. To view the Executive Order, please click here.
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is leading the implementation of this inter-agency effort. Working with several state agencies, we have identified eight licensed professions to be assessed in the first cohort of state licenses. Two of these reviews, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Certified Nurse Aides (CNA), have concluded, and the Department of Public Health is now accepting requests for consideration from individual veterans for these licenses. Meanwhile, the Department of Financial & Professional Regulation has approved a recommended bridge curriculum for military medics to obtain an Illinois LPN license.
In the months to come, we will evaluate the remaining five professions: dental hygienist, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, physical therapy assistant, and optometrist. Together, we are making military training count in Illinois!
For additional information, please visit IDVA’s State Licenses & Military Training webpage.