I am an AAMI student and I love it. It's only book work(minus the required skills lab), you have to get the apprenticeship and experiential learning yourself. The school is not for everyone, Carla has very strong opinions as do most of the staff and students. It's a lot about critical thinking and learning, there are guidleines in your study and of course an actually cirriculum with assignments you must complete. It is far from "a joke" it's the most thorough course available, and the oldest school in the states. I'm really sad to see so much AAMI bashing. To call the work that many student midwives are doing a joke, when in fact many of us are working our butts off and learning and seeking information from every source imagineable is like calling all our efforts, time spent away from our families, our commitment to midwifery a joke.
If you want to know more about the school then you should contact Carla yourself, and see if she can put you in touch with current students, past students, and grads. Like I said, the school is not for everyone, just like NCM isn't for everyone, and MCU isn't for everyone. Doesn't mean it needs to be bashed if it doesn't fit your needs. It's scary to jump in when you don't know what you're going to get, and knowing you can't get a refund, but just in the little time I"ve been enrolled what I've learned has paid for the course. It's worth far more than it costs.