PTA Program Selects James Hideg as Clinical Instructor of Year


James Hideg was selected as 2019 Clinical Instructor of the Year by students and staff of the physical therapist assistant program at Kent State East Liverpool. A licensed physical therapist, he is the owner and president of University Sports Physical Therapy, located in Youngstown.

As a clinical instructor, Hideg works with PTA students who are placed in the facility as part of their educational experience and training. He has been an active clinical instructor for Kent State’s physical therapist assistant program at the East Liverpool and Ashtabula campuses for several years. 

Hideg is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association and a certified athletic trainer. He is active in his community and highly involved with youth athletes in the Youngstown area.

Hideg was nominated for this award by Kent State East Liverpool PTA students. “He challenged me and allowed me to think critically, and he encouraged me to believe in myself,” stated one student. 

Kent State East Liverpool offers an associate degree program for students interested in becoming physical therapist assistants. To learn more, visit 

Cutline: James Hideg was named Clinical Instructor of the Year by Kent State East Liverpool physical therapist assistant students. Presenting him with the award is Katie Sutton, academic coordinator of PTST clinical education at Kent East Liverpool.

Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 06:34 AM

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