I've seriously looked into FSTM (florida school of traditional midwifery) and have decided not to go there. It is a good program, and they do have many wonderful midwives graduate from there, but here is why I made my decision:
1- class scheduling- they say it is commuter friendly, but really it isn't. They often have classes 5 days a week, and often different days each week, so it is very unconsistant. that makes it hard not to live in gainsville, which has a poor job market and is quite a college town. It also makes it hard to keep a good schedule with a preceptor.
2- If you live in gainsville it can be REALLY hard to get your birth numbers- and florida requires more then any other state (to the best of my knowledge). There is tons of competition for apprenticeships, and I don't agree with the way they have had graduates get numbers (imo- touching baby while it's being born does not mean you were the primary-) there is a LOT more to managing a birth then catching.
3- the price is astronomical- and there are no student loans as of now- only conventional, which can be extremely hard to get. The school has said many times that they will have student loans soon- but they've been saying that for years, from what I hear.
Those were the 3 biggest reasons I'm looking elsewhere for my education.