cfiddlin ~ Interesting to read your post. I'm actually dropping the MTB program and am going to do self-study along with my apprenticeship. My reasons are very similar to yours.
I can't help but think that if I had one day a week to spend with my preceptor studying, learning, picking her brain it would be so much better.
These have been my exact thoughts! I was leery of switching to self-study because I'm not sure I can prepare for NARM...