I feel that the program and faculty are great! Dr. Williams has been the director there for a long time and he has put together a great bunch of instructors. Most, if not all of the program's instructors are graduates of UAB's anesthesia program.
Yes, the last several classes have been large, but I have had no problems getting one-on-one time from the nurse anesthesia instructors if needed (that goes for the other instructors as well; biochemistry, gross anatomy, physiology, research, etc.) They are all top-notch professors/instructors.
Another positive that I enjoy is that we get to dissect our own cadavers in gross anatomy; it's important to me to have that experience (I understand that a lot of other programs don't get to do this). UAB has many, many local as well as regional clinical sites for your training.
You don't have to have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing to be accepted (as long as you have a Bachelor's in a related field and are an RN with 1 year critical care) - that is a positive for some...
I will start clinicals in June, and from what I hear from the senior students, it is demanding, fun, and exciting! - and I'm very much looking forward to it.
As for negatives, I can't think of many, this was my first choice program/school. It's a front-loaded program (some view that as negative), it's 27 months long (could be positive or negative depending on your thoughts).
As for me, I'm grateful to be at UAB and feel that I absolutely made the right choice. I hope this helps; if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.