These programs are here to stay. The students will pass PANCE - and if medical schools are a functional example, self directed learners do better on exit exams. The graduates will find employment across the entire nation with the same relative ease as every other PA. The majority of hiring managers do not care about and will not ask about online programs. Graduates will not emblazon the top of their resume with the word "online". Graduates will occasionally choose to emphasize being a Yale graduate while remaining immersed in the culture of the local community to which they are applying. They are a natural hire for the organizations they will have rotated through across the entire country, as opposed to cloistered about some med school like so many monks.
Please consider concerns expressed here regarding regarding "total hours" spent in the physical exam lab in context. Think for a moment what learning medicine was like 30 years ago. MRI's were not widely available. Statins had not yet been invented. Metformin wasn't available in the US. PCR not developed. How much cell biology do you exactly think was understood? What laboratory results do you think the average lab was capable of providing in under 8 hours? Can you imagine how stark the hospital formulary must have appeared?
To be frank - those students had to spend their days, weeks, and months in physical exam - there honestly wasn't much else available to them. Physical exam maneuvers, by the way, many of which have been shell shocked by modern investigations, largely revealed to produce results equivalent to guessing. By some estimates, the knowledge bank required to practice medicine grows exponentially every 5 years. This is why PA/NP residencies exist today and will be required in the near future when the PA of the 60's graduated from an associates program.