The nationally and internationally recognized excellence of the Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University reflects a long and illustrious history of innovation in nursing education.It was founded under the patronage of Her Majestry Queen Sripatcharintra, the Queen of King Rama V, as the first nursing school in Thailand on January 12, 1896. A program of nursing education was fully developed when His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkha, the present King's father and widely known as The father of Modern Medicine and Public Health in Thailand, brought in American nurse-educators to revise the existing programs in 1926 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

With a plan to support hospitals and a medical school in Thailand through the benevolent donation of Somdech Phra Phan Vasa Ayyika Chao (The Queen Grandmother)and HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla, two Thai nurses were sent to the United States to study nursing at Simmons College. 

One of these Thai nurses was Ms. Sangwan Talabhat, who graduated from the school in 1913 and who became Her Majestry the Kings Mother, Somdet PraSri Nakarindra Boromarachachonnanee, known as Her Royal Highness Grandmother of the Thai people.

In 1935 a three-year Diploma Program for General Nursing and Public Health was offered with a Certificate in Midwifery after an additional six months study. A four-year program leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing was established in 1956. It was the first baccalaureate nursing program in the country. In 1972, the school separated from the Faculty of Medicine and achieved full academic status as the Faculty of Nursing. The school expanded its portfolio with a Masters of Nursing Science and a Doctor of Nursing Science in 1977 and 1989 respectively. Since 2001, the Faculty of Nursing in collaboration with Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine has offered a program of Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing as an international program. Another important development was the Nursing Specialty Program for national and international nurses who wish to gain further expertise in clinical practice. The Faculty of Nursing is currently responsible for the preparation of educators, administrators, clinical experts, and researchers to serve as leaders in the nursing profession. By and large, the Faculty of Nursing has advanced its excellence and earned reputation as one of the greatest nursing schools in the country as well as in Southeast Asia.


The Faculty of Nursing believes that the nursing profession has a vital role in providing essential health services to individuals, families, and the community to improve the clients' health status and promote their quality of life using integrated care including promotion of health, disease prevention, curative care, and rehabilitation. Nursing students are expected to develop knowledge, skills, critical thinking, moral discipline, leadership, and a positive attitude towards the profession.

Mahidol University Education Philosophy

Administering education that focuses on learners’ achievements by means of a learning-centered approach for self-development of knowledge, abilities, and new skills.


The Faculty of Nursing at Mahidol University is one of the world’s leading nursing academic institutions with an emphasis on promoting health for the Thai people.


  • Producing nursing graduates that have professional competencies responding to health problems of Thai and global society, and have a distinctive identity according to core values of the organization
  • Fostering research to guide the health service system policies of the country and the Southeast Asia Region, as well as developing new knowledge in the field of nursing science
  • Providing academic services that focus on developing leaders in enhancing social well-being

Academic Infrastructure

The Faculty consistes of 7 Departments, as the followings:

  • Department of Fundamental Nursing
  • Department of Medical Nursing
  • Department of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing
  • Department of Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing
  • Department of Pediatric Nursing
  • Department of Public Health Nursing, and
  • Department of Surgical Nursing


The Faculty of Nursing has two campuses, namely, Bangkok Noi, Salaya, and School housing, namely, Bang Khun Non, all three areas allocating teaching and learning support and equipment for students. Bangkok Noi campus is located next to the Chaopraya River, which is conveniently accessible from all parts of the city. Salaya campus is located in Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Nakhon Pathom, twenty kilometers from the school. School housing is located in Bang Khun Non district, five kilometers from the school.