I dont understand why it is any more difficult really. I have not looked at all of the MEAC programs, but the ones I have looked at have modeled their experience paperwork after the NARM PEP paperwork anyhow. They just add the academic portion to it and there you go. Some are really not even that great of an education to begin with. I know of a couple in particular that are basically just PEP with an intense study in what you have to know and or do to pass the NARM exam in the end. So there are plenty of students who have chosen those schools and been very unhappy with the money spent.
I am dont PEP and am jsut starting on paperwork really. Finding preceptors to work with has been the challenge for me. But if you are lined up for an apprenticship already then that may not be the issue.
My two tips at this point.... read read and read again the information given on teh NARM site. Download the appropriate forms and read read read them. There is a 75 page document that does a good job explaining the process and helping show you what you need to know for the exam, ect. If you have the resources print EVERYTHING out, hole punch it all, (plastic sleeves are very good for forms) and put it in a binder.
THEN make an appointment with your preceptor to go over it all with her as well. This way she is fresh in understanding what you need to accomplish by the end of your apprenticeship and what her role is expected to be, and the requirements to qualify as a preceptor for you. It is a good time to talk to her about what her expectations are of you as well as your expectations for working with her. Too often new students dont know the questions to ask or the expectations they should have when they start out and can become dissappointed when they are not getting the experience they were hoping for.
Last, once you have it sorted out, have your experiences and skills signed AS YOU GO. I can not stress that enough. You never know when something will happen that could end the relationship. Anything. You dont want to have spent two years working with a midwife, and have to start all over because you didnt have her sign as you went and all of a sudden you cant have it done.
I hope this helps some!