Faerieshadow, most of the students at FSTM live 3+ hours away. Classes (for your first year) are schedule on two consecutive weekdays. Most students carpool and then stay somewhere together in Gainesville the first night, then go home after school ends the second day. Once you're in your second year of school, you no longer stay the night.
You are correct in that you will not be able to do any distance courses to become licensed in the state of Florida; and that four month program is not being offered right now. If you were thinking of doing a distance course and then moving out of Florida when you finish, that will not work either because preceptors are not allowed to take on students who are not going through a Florida-approved school (of which there are only three right now: FSTM in Gainesville, Commonsense in Orlando, and International School of Midwifery in Miami)...so you'd be able to get the academic portion done, but you would have to move out of state to actually start attending births as a student.
Have you thought of moving to another state? The "midwife-friendly" state of Florida is not so midwife-friendly, anyway (and even less friendly to pregnant mamas). Licensing is strict, and midwives are severely limited in autonomous practice. They are not allowed to care for women who go to 42 weeks, no breeches, no twins. I'd say get the heck out of Florida, become a midwife, and serve women as they deserve to be served. Either that or become a midwife in Florida and work your ass off to try to change some of the many rules and regulations that act more as limitations.
Good luck and many blessings to you on your path!
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